Sports Centralby Cian Fahey
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There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers are an overwhelmingly talented football team, however the New England Patriots contributed to their own downfall also in the team's second loss of the season in Heinz Field.
While the score was only 25-17 in the end, the Patriots were really never in the game. Even when they had a chance to score on two quick drives late in the game, and take a one point lead, the same offensive incision wasn't evident.
Tom Brady will remain an elite quarterback, however it is evidently obvious that he is still a system quarterback also. He can be both.
Tom Brady leads his Patriots to Heinz Field today, hoping to add to his 6-1 career record against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers however will be looking for revenge after being embarrassed in this fixture last year, while also hoping to take a stranglehold of the AFC North.
With the AFC favorites for this season, and the reigning AFC Champions, going toe-to-toe, there is no doubt which game is a must watch this weekend.
However it is not just the fact that both teams are winning right now, these two teams have been the most dominant of the past decade with a combined five Super Bowl rings and seven appearances.
As David Stern and Derek Fisher trade jibes in America, there is no lockout of the Irish Super League in Ireland. With the NBA, and more importantly the Boston Celtics, being prevented from entertaining the masses, here at Sports Central I have decided to catch on with Bord Gais Neptune basketball club in Cork city.
Neptune is the most celebrated Irish basketball club and is the only club throughout the UK and Ireland to own it's own stadium.
It was in this stadium that Neptune entertained Killester from Dublin today.
With the highly anticipated final of the Rugby World Cup ahead this weekend between France and New Zealand, many Irish fans will look back at this year's tournament as a landmark of success.
The team's victory over Australia, by all means, was historic. However, as far as the tournament itself goes, it had no major effect once Ireland were knocked out by Wales in the quarter finals.
During that victory against the southern hemisphere side, Ireland's pack was dominant and led by a monstrous effort from every forward involved. From Cian Healy at One to Jamie Heaslip at Eight, the Irish forwards were better than each of their Australian counterparts.
Expect offenses to be on top today in Foxboro, as two of the most talented groups go head to head.
The Dallas Cowboys are ranked third overall in passing yards in the NFL with a fearsome group of receivers for the Patriots to deal with. Dealing with strong passing games hasn't been a speciality of the Patriots' defense this year.
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys defense is led by Rob Ryan, who shut down the Patriots' offense last year with the Cleveland Browns. Ryan will have a complex gameplan in place for the Patriots as he looks to shutdown the first ranked offense in the league.
Shane Long has scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances for West Brom this season.
Simon Cox has scored zero goals in two substitute appearances for West Brom this season.
The biggest rivalry in the AFC East will renew today as the New England Patriots welcome the New York Jets to Foxboro. The Patriots will be hoping to avenge the playoff loss from last season that must have haunted the team throughout the off-season.
That game was decided by a big showing from the Jets' defense, this game will likely suffer a similar fate as whichever defense can perform should win the game.
Relying on defense hasn't been a good idea for the Patriots this year as they have struggled in every game that they have played. The Jets' offense has similarly struggled for the most part however, as Shonn Greene is yet to get going and Mark Sanchez is still making too many mistakes.
Rory Best has been named in the Ireland starting lineup to face Wales this weekend. There was some doubt that Best would be able to play, and while it would have been a blow if he hadn't, the reality is that Sean Cronin would have had a chance to prove that this golden age of rugby for Ireland won't be ending in New Zealand.
Ever since Brian O'Driscoll's hattrick in Paris 11 years ago, Irish rugby has enjoyed a huge amount of success.
Munster have arguably been the most consistent team in Europe, while Leinster have matched them for two titles apiece. That success at club level has translated into International glory.
After Ireland's rugby team swept past Italy on the way to winning Pool C, there were two obvious constants for fans to take away before the clash with Wales in the last 16.
The first is obvious, Ireland's build up to this year's world cup meant absolutely nothing. After losing all four of their warm up matches, Ireland preceded to win all four of their group stage games.
The other constant is somewhat obvious but not glaringly. It is not that either Ronan O'Gara or Jonathan Sexton is the best choice at out-half, that debate looks like never ending, nor is it Tommy Bowe's speed after his inconsistent performances.
The Detroit Lions are 4-0 for the first time since 1980. Their victory against the Dallas Cowboys makes them the first team in NFL history, to win consecutive games in which they trailed by at least 20 points. The Lions are the fifth team since 1990 to start 4-0 after starting 0-4 the year before.
Calvin Johnson is only the second player ever with four consecutive multi touchdown receiving games. Cris Carter being the other, Johnson is the only player to start the season that way however
The Lions returned two touchdowns in a single game for the first time since 2005. It is only the second time in 30 years that they have done so.
Coming into the season, nobody saw the New England Patriots losing to the Buffalo Bills. While many will say that that was a once off blip on the team's route to the Super Bowl; the truth is the Oakland Raiders could pile on the misery this week.
The Patriots were missing a lot of players last week through injury and very little has changed this week. Pat Chung is likely to return, but Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling miss out in the secondary. In front of them Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright will also be on the sidelines.
Wright and Haynesworth would have been crucial to stopping Darren McFadden.
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