Le’Veon Bell happy for another opportunity to face Patriots

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The last time the Steelers played the Patriots, running back Le'Veon Bell only had a small role in the proceedings.

Bell injured his groin after playing 11 snaps and spent the rest of the 36-17 loss in the AFC title game watching from the sideline. Bell called it a “terrible feeling” to be out of that game and that meant he’s had his eye on this week’s visit from the Patriots for a while.

“I just felt like I missed a opportunity to get to a Super Bowl,” Bell said, via ESPN.com. “When this year came around, we saw the schedules and everything, I knew had another opportunity if I was being healthy and playing the Pats again. It’s good. The opportunity is here.”

Sunday’s winner won’t be booking a ticket to Minneapolis, obviously, but a Steelers win could secure them homefield advantage in the games leading up to the Super Bowl. Having Bell the whole way would help their chances of grabbing that advantage and of beating the Patriots should this year’s AFC crown come down to the same two teams.

17 responses to “Le’Veon Bell happy for another opportunity to face Patriots

  1. .
    Coming off the debacle in Miami, Vegas has installed the Patriots as a 3 point road favorite. The over under is 53. Some weeks it is a good idea to sit in the stands and watch the game, as this one a tough to predict either way. About the only thing I’m relatively certain of is that with 5 minutes left, each team will have a chance to win.
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  2. Sorry Leveon, but you weren’t getting to the Super Bowl even if you had played the whole game. Face it the Pats have the Steeler’s number. Stats don’t lie.

  3. Steelers 40-20. They have all the momentum and it looks like the Patriots are running out of gas.

    The loss of Shazier hurts, but the Patriots without Hightower, Van Noy, Trey Flowers, Alan Branch, Edelman and others are a shell of themselves, and even if they had all those guys it would be a tough game.

    How NE is favored is beyond me – must be the experts who thinks the games in 2001 or 2004 have any bearing on this one.

  4. crownofthehelmet says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Tough to get up for a game against a QB who was outplayed by Cutler.
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    That comment says…that either:

    1. you believe that QB’s are on the field at the same time defending each other… or that…
    2. you believe that the Patriots patchwork defense played as good as the Miami 1st string defense.

    I guess there is a 3rd option…you are one of the silly trolls who have enjoyed looking foolish for the past 16 years when attempting to criticize Brady.

  5. crownofthehelmet says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:38 am
    Tough to get up for a game against a QB who was outplayed by Cutler.

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    Better than a QB that was outplayed by Bortles and Glennon.

  6. Man… there is a long way to go. This game isn’t a playoff game. It’s just for playoff positioning.

    First seed matters for sure for both teams, but they still both have a great chance to win the Super Bowl regardless and they will be in the hunt. Even if the Patriots are relegated to the 3rd seed they could still win their first game, go in to Jax and win and then see the Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

    That might in fact be the way Brady has to do it to try and get his 6th.

    Every year has it’s own story.

  7. walker1191 says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Steelers 40-20. They have all the momentum and it looks like the Patriots are running out of gas.
    The loss of Shazier hurts, but the Patriots without Hightower, Van Noy, Trey Flowers, Alan Branch, Edelman and others are a shell of themselves, and even if they had all those guys it would be a tough game.
    How NE is favored is beyond me – must be the experts who thinks the games in 2001 or 2004 have any bearing on this one.

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    First off, spreads are initially set by handicappers, but the spread moves to even out the money. So ultimately it’s the betting public that sets the spread. It’s actually moved from 2.5 to 3.0 in favor of the Patriots, so most bettors think the Patriots will win, however I think it will dip a little as experienced bettors come in late in the week. I think it should be around 1.0 to 1.5 for the Patriots.

    The mistake you are making is you are talking about momentum instead of looking at what has actually happened. The Patriots lost to a division team, that they had played two weeks previously. That is common. It’s happened in every year but two in the Brady era, where they lose a division game.

    It really could have happened to the Steelers last week too as they were outplayed for large stretches of the game against the Ravens and were down two scores late.

    Declaring a 20 point win is misguided given the results the Steelers have had against lessor teams.

    It should be a close game.

  8. That comment says…that either:

    1. you believe that QB’s are on the field at the same time defending each other… or that…
    2. you believe that the Patriots patchwork defense played as good as the Miami 1st string defense.

    I guess there is a 3rd option…you are one of the silly trolls who have enjoyed looking foolish for the past 16 years when attempting to criticize Brady.

    I think you need to relax Percy the poster was pulling your chain and you took the bait. Stop being such a snob and relax. Learn to laugh at yourself willing taking the bait out out of your lip…..someone with a big hole in their tool bag.

  9. He also wanted to let everyone know how happy he is that the NFL forced the Patriots to play five out of the last six games on the road, and also forced New England to go on the road for a difficult division game on a Monday night the week before this game, while the Steelers played at home and didn’t have to travel at all. It’s good to have friends in high places. Unfortunately, somehow their request that the Gronkowski suspension be extended for this game was overlooked. Somehow, I can’t see the Patriots lobbying for a player on another team who committed an infraction in a completely unrelated game, to be suspended for a game against the Patriots. But that’s the Squealers for you.

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