All eyes in the NFL will be on the Steelers-Patriots game on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, the game that will kick off the 2015 NFL season.
The Steelers know they will be facing a fired-up New England team, and home crowd, especially as the game will honor the Patriots Super Bowl championship from last year.
But that won't have an effect on the Steelers players, who know they just have to stay focused on the task at hand – beating New England.
Cornerback Will Gay:
"You just know it's part of their 2014 season they have to celebrate. But 2015, we don't know who the champion is right now. That is not going to bother us. At the end of the day the game must be played, the whistle blown and guys have to run inside the white lines."
Center Cody Wallace:
"We just have to go there with the mindset to win and not let all of the outside stuff get to us. It's prime time, fans are going to be into it, but just try and wash all of that out and go out there and play football like we always do."
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward Bey:
"I think we do a good job and Coach (Mike) Tomlin does a good job of guys focusing in on our job. We focus on what we need to do, on what we need to execute as an offense, defense and special teams unit. I think we will do a good job of going up there on Thursday night and doing what our jobs are.
Defensive end Cam Heyward:
"We just have to focus on the task at hand. We know we are going into a hostile place. We know they won a Super Bowl last year. They are the reigning champs. You want to knock them off their throne."
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the first regular season game against the New England Patriots.