The New England Patriots are hitting the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in the biggest game of the season, with the winner having the inside track on the top seed in the AFC. Some are predicting the Steelers to win given the fact that they're at home and New England is coming off a loss to Miami, but we know better. Here are three reasons why the Patriots are guaranteed to win on Sunday:
1) New England's success vs. Pittsburgh
These two teams have been two of the best in the AFC for the past several years, but there's a reason why the Patriots have been so dominant in the conference. They seem to have Pittsburgh's number, winning the last four matchups between the two teams and eight of the last 10 going back to 2005. In that time frame, Tom Brady also hasn't thrown an interception against them.
2) The Patriots don't lose back-to-back games
New England has only lost back-to-back games twice in the last five seasons, and both times came during the 2015 season. Dropping two in a row is something this team doesn't do, and when coupled with their history against the Steelers, there's no reason to think that will change.
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3) Pittsburgh's lack of dominance
The Steelers have won eight games in a row, but a number of those wins haven't exactly inspired confidence. Five of their last six games have been decided by five points or less, and four of those games were against teams that are currently out of the playoff picture. Their schedule gets a lot tougher on Sunday and it doesn't look like they'll be able to keep up.