Here's a look at the most important Patriots, counting down from 10 to 1. I went through my vast reservoir of contacts in the league and in the Foxboro offices to come to some sort of consensus.
Okay, I didn’t even come close to doing that. I trust my eyes and this is what they tell me as we head into the 2015 season:
NUMBER 10: Chandler Jones
NUMBER 9: Jimmy Garoppolo
NUMBER 8: Julian Edelman
NUMBER 7: Interior defensive linemen
NUMBER 6: Dont'a Hightower
NUMBER 5: Jamie Collins
NUMBER 4: Coming Sunday, July 26
NUMBER 3: Coming Monday, July 27
NUMBER 2: Coming Tuesday, July 28
NUMBER 1: Coming Wednesday, July 29
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier - and wrapped up the AFC North in the process.
Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh's defense overcame a sloppy night to stop one Baltimore's last-gasp drive in the Steelers' 39-38 victory Sunday night.
The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally trying week following Shazier's spinal injury to rally for their eighth straight victory and third division title in four years.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards, including two long gains in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to recover after blowing an early 14-point lead. Le'Veon Bell had 125 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception but was strip-sacked by rookie linebacker T.J. Watt on the Ravens' final snap.
Alex Collins ran for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens (7-6).
Just two weeks after the Patriots defeated the Dolphins, the two teams face off again under the bright lights of Monday Night Football
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