Hot Cassel faces challenge in stout Steelers defense

The key to the Steelers-Patriots clash Sunday is the play of New England QB Matt Cassel against the No. 1 defense in football, John Clayton writes. Plus, he previews Cowboys-Redskins and other standout games.

Originally Published: November 28, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel made a lot of money in the past two weeks with back-to-back 400-yard passing games. If he does it again Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cassel might break the bank in free agency next season.

The Steelers rank first in defense in three main categories -- total defense, stopping the run and pass defense. They have 37 sacks. Opposing quarterbacks have a 71.1 quarterback rating against them, and they are surrendering only 168.8 ...

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