Patriots-Steeler Matchup

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    Patriots-Steeler Matchup

    This week has been pretty mellow during the past week or so. How awesome is that?! Laughing

    Was wondering what people think of the Patriots-Steelers matchup. Strengths and weaknesses? It will be nice to get a win this sunday before the bye. Get a chance for new players to get acclimated, and injured players healthy.

     
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    The Steelers are 2-5, and the game is in Foxboro.  The Patriots really shouldn't have any problems. Hope it doesn't end up being a trap game before the bye.

    KC@Buffalo

    NO@NYJ

    Cincy@Miami tonight

    It would be good to get more distance between us and the rest of the division teams.

     
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    yes, you are totally right... HUGE CHANCE to  leave everyone behind in the división this week.imagine this:

    PAts 7 - 2

    NYJ  4 - 5

    Miami 3 - 5

    Buff 3 -6

    3 games lead with 7 to play !!!! not bad !!!

     

     

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    The Steelers are 2-5, and the game is in Foxboro.  The Patriots really shouldn't have any problems. Hope it doesn't end up being a trap game before the bye.

    KC@Buffalo

    NO@NYJ

    Cincy@Miami tonight

    It would be good to get more distance between us and the rest of the division teams.

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    Re: Patriots-Steeler Matchup

    Neither offense has been very good.  It will be a close game.

     
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    1. Can the Patriots offense actually feature running back Stevan Ridley throughout the game? It is really time that the Patriots get the ball to Ridley on a consistent basis. Last week he ran for 79 yards, with only 14 carries, which comes out to an impressive 5.6 yards per carry.

    There is a serious opportunity to take advantage of a Steelers defense that is 27th in the NFL in rush defense giving up 121.9 yards per carry. Please forget about running back by committee, and feature Ridley in the running game.

    2. Can the Patriots offensive line finally protect Tom Brady? The Patriots offensive line continues to struggle to protect Brady. This has been a constant theme lately, and it is time for this issue to go away.

    The Steelers only have ten sacks, so their pass rush is not what it has been in the past. The line needs to have a strong showing, because the Steelers defense is actually second in the league in passing yards, so Brady might need more time to find the open receiver.

    3. Can the Patriots offense convert on third down? The Patriots last week were again pathetic on third down converting on 2-10 which is horrible. One of the major reasons the Patriots offense has been poor this season, is there lack of ability to continue drives by converting on third down.

    A key in this game is to get the percentage of conversion way up against the Steelers. If they cannot improve on third down on Sunday, it could cost them the game.

    4. Can the Patriots defense cover tight end Heath Miller? A weakness of the Patriots defense continues to be covering the tight end in passing situations. Miller is one of the better tight ends in the league, and has 20 receptions for 225 yards.

    You could see a safety cover him in this game, and they need to contain Miller, because Roethlisberger likes to go to him often to move the chains. If you want to stop the Steelers offense, you can start by shutting down Miller.

    5. Can the Patriots defense get after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger? The Patriots did a nice job last week as they put serious pressure on Ryan Tannehill in the second half.

    Regardless of the Steelers record, Roethlisberger still has the ability to beat you, if you just let him sit back there. The Steelers are having issues on the offensive line, so there should be an opportunity to bring the pressure. If I was Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, I would blitz early and often.

     

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    Re: Patriots-Steeler Matchup

    I see amazingly little good in the 2013 Steelers as a team.  They are #27 in my all-numeric rankings.  

    Teams seem to get themselves psyched for divisional rivals.  Pitts managed to squeak by Baltimore two weeks ago.  Three weeks ago they played the New York Jets, a team and coach that worships the idea of concentrating on divisional rivals, but apparently the Jets took winless Pittsburgh far too lightly. 

    A glance at Pittsburgh's 2-5 record and a glance at their 5-11 power rating says that they don't expect any bonus points to accrue if they should beat New England.  It's not a tiebreaker in the playoffs if you don't make the playoffs period, and a look at the AFC East shows that New England has little chance of being the #5 or #6 playoff seed.  So, for Pittsburgh it's just one more game and not even an AFC North divisional game.  Nor is New England the NFL's #1 pinnacle right now.  That might be Denver, Seattle or New Orleans. 

    This isn't a trap game for New England, what with the bye week coming up. 

    So, what's wrong with a team that falls behind 3-4 Oakland 21 to 3 after three quarters?  Pitts got the score closer with Oakland playing prevent, especially when they scored an 8 point touchdown with under 2 minutes to go in the game, but Pittsburgh couldn't execute an onside kick so naturally they lost.

    Four weeks or so ago, proFootballFocus reported that Ben Roofies had some kind of curious throwing issue where he could only throw over the middle.  He couldn't hit out routes. 

    The Steelers are 30th in running the ball.  This doesn't sound one bit like the Steelers of old.  Where's Jerome Bettus plowing into the line for six yards a carry? 

    Ben Roethlisberger was pressured on 16 snaps and passed for just 23 yards on those snaps.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/28/refo-steelers-raiders-week-8/

    They're 27th in stopping the run.  The Pats will be running Ridley behind Gronkowski, which is an improvement, but they will miss Sebastian Vollmer's blocking.  Cannon filling in at tackle was last week having trouble run-blocking, which should be his strength at 330 lbs.

    Brady's grapefruit lump on his hand, probably injured in the Jets game, isn't even listed as an injury this week.  His shoulder gets the publicity, but he's taking full reps at practice.  Amendola may have shaken the rust off by now.  The same goes for Gronkowski.  Expect Brady, Gronk and Amendola to be more on the same page this week.  BB gets credit for at least trying to inexpensively solidify the D-line at nose tackle this week.  We might want to give New England at least one uptick.  When Brady's on fire again and when the receivers are open all over the field as they were last year, it's back to party time.

    Pittsburgh Injuries:  Pitts has a big band-aid of an offensive line at this point.  Tackle Levi Coffin, IR.  Center Maurkice Pouncey, IR.  Guard DeCastro, injured last week. 

    Special problem:  Last week, Pittsburgh was twice unable to kick a field goal straight from less than 35 yards. In other news, if you need to pass your drivers test in Rhode Island, the critical sixth line from the top reads  A E O N R T.  Write it large on the palm of your hand and remember to speak it quickly and with confidence, Mr. Magoo.

    My sense is that most of Pittsburgh's past problems are endemic and should show up again this weekend.  I suspect that New England again lucks out with a weak opponent, although New England is pretty weak itself.

     

     
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    Re: Patriots-Steeler Matchup

    Run defense. If they stop Bell the Steelers have no chance and expect some sacks this week

     
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    In response to Paul_K's comment:
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    I see amazingly little good in the 2013 Steelers as a team.  They are #27 in my all-numeric rankings.  

    Teams seem to get themselves psyched for divisional rivals.  Pitts managed to squeak by Baltimore two weeks ago.  Three weeks ago they played the New York Jets, a team and coach that worships the idea of concentrating on divisional rivals, but apparently the Jets took winless Pittsburgh far too lightly. 

    A glance at Pittsburgh's 2-5 record and a glance at their 5-11 power rating says that they don't expect any bonus points to accrue if they should beat New England.  It's not a tiebreaker in the playoffs if you don't make the playoffs period, and a look at the AFC East shows that New England has little chance of being the #5 or #6 playoff seed.  So, for Pittsburgh it's just one more game and not even an AFC North divisional game.  Nor is New England the NFL's #1 pinnacle right now.  That might be Denver, Seattle or New Orleans. 

    This isn't a trap game for New England, what with the bye week coming up. 

    So, what's wrong with a team that falls behind 3-4 Oakland 21 to 3 after three quarters?  Pitts got the score closer with Oakland playing prevent, especially when they scored an 8 point touchdown with under 2 minutes to go in the game, but Pittsburgh couldn't execute an onside kick so naturally they lost.

    Four weeks or so ago, proFootballFocus reported that Ben Roofies had some kind of curious throwing issue where he could only throw over the middle.  He couldn't hit out routes. 

    The Steelers are 30th in running the ball.  This doesn't sound one bit like the Steelers of old.  Where's Jerome Bettus plowing into the line for six yards a carry? 

    Ben Roethlisberger was pressured on 16 snaps and passed for just 23 yards on those snaps.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/28/refo-steelers-raiders-week-8/

    They're 27th in stopping the run.  The Pats will be running Ridley behind Gronkowski, which is an improvement, but they will miss Sebastian Vollmer's blocking.  Cannon filling in at tackle was last week having trouble run-blocking, which should be his strength at 330 lbs.

    Brady's grapefruit lump on his hand, probably injured in the Jets game, isn't even listed as an injury this week.  His shoulder gets the publicity, but he's taking full reps at practice.  Amendola may have shaken the rust off by now.  The same goes for Gronkowski.  Expect Brady, Gronk and Amendola to be more on the same page this week.  BB gets credit for at least trying to inexpensively solidify the D-line at nose tackle this week.  We might want to give New England at least one uptick.  When Brady's on fire again and when the receivers are open all over the field as they were last year, it's back to party time.

    Pittsburgh Injuries:  Pitts has a big band-aid of an offensive line at this point.  Tackle Levi Coffin, IR.  Center Maurkice Pouncey, IR.  Guard DeCastro, injured last week. 

    Special problem:  Last week, Pittsburgh was twice unable to kick a field goal straight from less than 35 yards. In other news, if you need to pass your drivers test in Rhode Island, the critical sixth line from the top reads  A E O N R T.  Write it large on the palm of your hand and remember to speak it quickly and with confidence, Mr. Magoo.

    My sense is that most of Pittsburgh's past problems are endemic and should show up again this weekend.  I suspect that New England again lucks out with a weak opponent, although New England is pretty weak itself.

     

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    Thanks for posting, Paul

     
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    Thanks for posting, Paul

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    Paul, go crawl back amongst your fellow idiots now.

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    I wrote a well researched post.  Your little riposte is so far from reality that I'll take your reply as an honor. 

    And now I'll hit this ignore button.  I suppose that you can always use some other alias.

     
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    Expect to see any Pitts defender that gets anywhere near Brady to target his throwing hand and attempt to strip the ball, regardless if they've got a clean shot to tackle Brady, or even if Brady isn't in a throwing motion.

    That hand is injured, and it's going to be the focal point of anyone getting near Brady.

     
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    Expect to see any Pitts defender that gets anywhere near Brady to target his throwing hand and attempt to strip the ball, regardless if they've got a clean shot to tackle Brady, or even if Brady isn't in a throwing motion.

    That hand is injured, and it's going to be the focal point of anyone getting near Brady.

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    Last week's injury report for the Miami game noted that Brady's hand and shoulder were both injured.  That was a week ago.  This week's injury report says only that Brady's shoulder is injured.  Going by these official reports, apparently the hand is now a wishful thinking injury, sort of like Peyton Manning's neck injury.

    I wouldn't mind if a Pitts defender decided to target Brady's throwing hand.  He's not going to strip the ball any more than normal, and he'll miss a good hit on the QB. 

     
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    Re: Patriots-Steeler Matchup

    In response to Paul_K's comment:
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    I see amazingly little good in the 2013 Steelers as a team.  They are #27 in my all-numeric rankings.  

    Teams seem to get themselves psyched for divisional rivals.  Pitts managed to squeak by Baltimore two weeks ago.  Three weeks ago they played the New York Jets, a team and coach that worships the idea of concentrating on divisional rivals, but apparently the Jets took winless Pittsburgh far too lightly. 

    A glance at Pittsburgh's 2-5 record and a glance at their 5-11 power rating says that they don't expect any bonus points to accrue if they should beat New England.  It's not a tiebreaker in the playoffs if you don't make the playoffs period, and a look at the AFC East shows that New England has little chance of being the #5 or #6 playoff seed.  So, for Pittsburgh it's just one more game and not even an AFC North divisional game.  Nor is New England the NFL's #1 pinnacle right now.  That might be Denver, Seattle or New Orleans. 

    This isn't a trap game for New England, what with the bye week coming up. 

    So, what's wrong with a team that falls behind 3-4 Oakland 21 to 3 after three quarters?  Pitts got the score closer with Oakland playing prevent, especially when they scored an 8 point touchdown with under 2 minutes to go in the game, but Pittsburgh couldn't execute an onside kick so naturally they lost.

    Four weeks or so ago, proFootballFocus reported that Ben Roofies had some kind of curious throwing issue where he could only throw over the middle.  He couldn't hit out routes. 

    The Steelers are 30th in running the ball.  This doesn't sound one bit like the Steelers of old.  Where's Jerome Bettus plowing into the line for six yards a carry? 

    Ben Roethlisberger was pressured on 16 snaps and passed for just 23 yards on those snaps.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/10/28/refo-steelers-raiders-week-8/

    They're 27th in stopping the run.  The Pats will be running Ridley behind Gronkowski, which is an improvement, but they will miss Sebastian Vollmer's blocking.  Cannon filling in at tackle was last week having trouble run-blocking, which should be his strength at 330 lbs.

    Brady's grapefruit lump on his hand, probably injured in the Jets game, isn't even listed as an injury this week.  His shoulder gets the publicity, but he's taking full reps at practice.  Amendola may have shaken the rust off by now.  The same goes for Gronkowski.  Expect Brady, Gronk and Amendola to be more on the same page this week.  BB gets credit for at least trying to inexpensively solidify the D-line at nose tackle this week.  We might want to give New England at least one uptick.  When Brady's on fire again and when the receivers are open all over the field as they were last year, it's back to party time.

    Pittsburgh Injuries:  Pitts has a big band-aid of an offensive line at this point.  Tackle Levi Coffin, IR.  Center Maurkice Pouncey, IR.  Guard DeCastro, injured last week. 

    Special problem:  Last week, Pittsburgh was twice unable to kick a field goal straight from less than 35 yards. In other news, if you need to pass your drivers test in Rhode Island, the critical sixth line from the top reads  A E O N R T.  Write it large on the palm of your hand and remember to speak it quickly and with confidence, Mr. Magoo.

    My sense is that most of Pittsburgh's past problems are endemic and should show up again this weekend.  I suspect that New England again lucks out with a weak opponent, although New England is pretty weak itself.

     

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    Nice summary of the Steelers problems, makes the Pats issues look tame.

    As bad a matchup Cinci was to NE,  NE is a bad matchup to Pittsburgh.

    Harrison NFL.com:

    "(Pats) been running the ball more; last week marked the fifth time this season that New England has had at least 30 rushing attempts in a game. Sticking with that strategy would be a good idea against Pittsburgh, especially on early downs, as the Steelers are allowing 5.53 yards on first down. That means a lot of "second-and-manageables" for Tom Brady, and perhaps some play-action opportunities."

    On offense Pittsburgh won't be able to exploit the supposed weakness of NE vs power running. As much as Big Ben thrives on broken plays he might get too many of them this weekend

     
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