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Le'Veon Bell tweets Steelers will get Round 2 vs Patriots

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Le'Veon Bell tweets Steelers will get Round 2 vs Patriots

Le’Veon Bell, who has already talked about his contract, the franchise tag and retirement before Sunday’s divisional round game against the Jaguars, is now tweeting about playing the Patriots. 

Classic Steelers. Keeping their eyes on the prize. 

Bell is presumably referring to Round 2 against the Jaguars, who beat the Steelers in Week 5, and then the Patriots, whom the Steelers don’t get to play if they don’t focus on Sunday. 
 

Quick Slants Podcast: How the Patriots were able to crush Chargers but why their scheme will have to change against Chiefs

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Quick Slants Podcast: How the Patriots were able to crush Chargers but why their scheme will have to change against Chiefs

3:10 - Patriots were able to beat up on the Chargers. The defense blitzed Philip Rivers and got him off his spot.

4:20 - Both Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are pocket passers. Why were the Patriots able to get pressure but Chargers weren’t?

5:30 - Patriots won’t be able to play the same way against the Chiefs.

7:00 - Why didn’t the Chargers change up their scheme after having trouble stopping Tom Brady and the offense?

8:15 - Patriots offensive line was tremendous against the Chargers. Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.

12:20 - Patriots will change up their scheme against the Chiefs and will have something different from when they met last in Week 6.

16:35 - How will the Patriots be able to slow down Tyreek Hill? Chiefs have so many weapons. Patriots need to use the running game to keep Kansas City off the field.

19:35 - Patriots had a lot of success stopping the run against the Chargers.

21:35 - Jerod Mayo explains why the grass at Arrowhead Stadium can be a problem for the Patriots defense.

23:45 - Breaking down Andy Reid’s offenses and how he likes to script out the start of games.

25:50 - How tough will it be for Tom Brady to communicate to the offense before the snap in Arrowhead?

30:30 - Philip Rivers composure against the Patriots and how it affected the Chargers performance.

31:40 - How much does experience impact performances in the AFC Championship game?

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Jerod Mayo: Arrowhead Field turf will be a factor in AFC Championship game

Jerod Mayo: Arrowhead Field turf will be a factor in AFC Championship game

Everyone remembers the last time the Patriots played in Kansas City in 2014. 

The Chiefs crushed New England, 41-14, and critics everywhere decreed it the end of the Patriots dynasty. 

Things have changed since then. The dynasty has not ended, the Patriots have won two more Super Bowls, and most of the roster for both teams has turned over. 

But Jerod Mayo believes a factor that contributed to the loss in 2014 will once again play a part in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. 

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Mayo, who was a part of the 2014 squad that suffered through the blowout and would later win the Super Bowl, said that the turf at Arrowhead Stadium was a problem during their loss, and may be a problem on Sunday. He discussed how the turf affected his play on this week's Quick Slants Podcast with Tom E. Curran. 

"It was a huge problem... the grass would just come up all the time. I remember missing a tackle on the sideline, and I really just couldn't stop. It was like having tires with no tread." 

This won't help the Patriots and their road woes, which have been well-documented after the team went a perfect 8-0 at home and a paltry 3-5 on the road during the regular season. 

The weather will also be a contributing factor and may compound the field issue, as the current forecast calls for below freezing temperatures. 

The Patriots defense has improved since they last met Kansas City, but between the turf and the slippery playmakers the Chiefs have in their arsenal, it'll be the toughest test of the season for the unit

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