Steelers can beat Pats even without Roethlisberger

USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes looks at the three biggest story lines heading into this week.

A quick preview as Week 7 rolls on in the NFL …

Pressure’s on: Landry Jones. As if trying to fill the shoes of injured Ben Roethlisberger isn’t enough, there’s the matter of out dueling Tom Brady. With New England’s secondary weakened, there’s a window of opportunity for a Pittsburgh offense that is so explosive (with Roethlisberger, anyway). Jones, making his third pro start, will be surrounded by ample weapons. But he had better connect with Antonio Brown – who has never caught a TD pass from anyone other than Big Ben. Of course, it will take a lot of points, adding pressure on Jones. The Steelers pass defense ranks 30th in the NFL. And now comes Brady.

Who’s hot: Sam Bradford. Consider his changing fortunes. In May, Bradford saw the writing on the wall as the Eagles drafted their quarterback of the future. Now he heads back to Philadelphia as quarterback of the NFL’s only undefeated team, completing an…

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