[New England at Pittsburgh,

4:15 p.m.]

TV: WUSA-9, WJZ-13


Combined record of the Steelers' first six opponents


Combined record of the Steelers' next two opponents (New England and Philadelphia) Today's game likely will be decided inside the 20-yard line. The Steelers have scored touchdowns on an NFL-best 82.4 percent of their trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line. But the Patriots have buckled down around the goal line, allowing touchdowns only 29.2 percent of the time (second in the league).

"People have moved the ball, but it's hard to score against these guys," Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "because they play their defenses very well. They are very opportunistic. They can create some confusion. But nothing more than what we see week in and week out."

Running back Jerome Bettis has powered his way into the end zone from short distances seven times this season (see chart), and rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has six touchdown passes inside the red zone and one rushing touchdown.

A week after holding Seattle to one touchdown on five trips inside the 20-yard line, New England again worked its magic and forced a Jets fumble at the 9 in last week's win.