Fact or Fiction: Week 8

ESPN NFL experts debate the issues heading into Week 8 of the NFL season.

Updated: October 28, 2004, 9:46 AM ET
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Everyone has opinions about what will happen during the NFL season. And the predictions will either prove to be true or false.

So we've made four bold statements and asked our ESPN experts -- former NFL players Merril Hoge and Sean Salisbury -- to find out whether or not they believe the statements will eventually become fact or fiction.

On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.

The Steelers will end the Patriots 21-game winning streak
Sean Salisbury
Fiction: New England's winning streak isn't going to end until Nov. 22 when it plays Kansas City on Monday Night Football. The Steelers may be the second best team in the AFC, but they won't be able to pull of the upset this week because the Pats are just too darn good. Also the Steelers are still a young team that hasn't played nearly as many big games as the Pats have and believe me, this is a big game. The Steelers are going to put up a heckuva fight, but it won't be enough in the end. I do expect Pittsburgh to step up and end the Eagles winning streak next week.
Merril Hoge
Fact: The hammer is about to be thrown down on the New England Patriots. The Steelers offense can dictate to the Patriots what will take place because of their impressive offensive line. Because of their athletic ability and physical nature, this O-line is more than capable of handling the Patriots front seven. The 3-4 scheme won't bother the Steelers like it does other teams because they practice against it all the time. Because of that, the Steelers should be able to run the ball successfully. Also, the matchup of their receivers versus the Patriots secondary favors the Steelers. Defensively, the Steelers are executing fast and furiously with their blitz packages and should be able to get to Pats quarterback Tom Brady. I don't see this offense scoring a ton of points this week on the Steelers defense.