Steelers vs. Patriots: Bold Predictions for AFC Championship Game 2017

Ben Roethlisberger Throws For More Than 300 Yards

As we already alluded to, this sets up as a game for the Steelers to lean on the pass. First, they're 5.5-point underdogs, and in four such games over the last four seasons, they've averaged 42.5 pass attempts and 320.75 passing yards vs. 36.9 and 286.47 in all other contests. Second, while the Pats are fourth in Football Outsiders' run defense rankings, they are just 23rd against the pass. And third, the Patriots allowed the third most targets and second most receptions to running backs this season, including 13 and 10 to Le'Veon Bell, who is arguably the best pass-catching back in the league. Big Ben has some ugly home/road splits this year, but expect him to throw a lot in this one. (Getty)

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