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Patriots blitz Steelers in Pittsburgh

The Patriots beat the Steelers at their own game Sunday night.

New England was the more physical team, knocking the Steelers receivers around.  (Hines Ward left with a “neck” injury.)   New England blitzed Ben Roethlisberger to confusion.  They even ran the ball fairly well with 103 yards on the ground.

Oh, and Tom Brady completed 30-of-43 passes for 350 yards and three scores in his most impressive outing since he tore his ACL in 2008.

New England’s 39-26 win was the team’s most complete performance of the season.  It was the type of game many folks wondered if the Patriots had in them.   (The win in Miami was impressive, but a little fluky.  You can’t repeat all those return scores.)   The Patriots are now 7-2 and hold the tiebreak over the Steelers and Ravens because of head-to-head victories.

While the Patriots are riding high, the Steelers have a potential fatal flaw to fix.  The cavalcade of injuries they’ve suffered on the offensive line showed up in a big way on Sunday night.  New England had 13 sacks all season going into this game, but they sacked Roethlisberger five times.

“We brought a little more pressure this week from different looks and it had a great outcome,” linebacker Jerod Mayo told NBC’s Andrea Kremer said after the game.

The Steelers have struggled to recognize blitzes all season long and it only got worse this week following their recent injuries.  The guys up front also lost individual battles on both sides of the ball.  Brady was barely touched all night.

Pittsburgh’s offensive line issues are a problem with no easy solution.  Upcoming opponents like the Raiders, Ravens, Jets, and Browns will all blitz Ben until he shows he can handle it.

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  1. laxer37 says: Nov 15, 2010 12:24 AM

    It was almost as if the Pats knew the Steelers defensive signals before the play.

  2. spudzzzz says: Nov 15, 2010 12:29 AM

    Complete…absolute….undeniable…domination

    Way to go Patriots!!!!

  3. pukey60 says: Nov 15, 2010 12:29 AM

    Ah, let’s check the record one more time. Brady is now 6 – 1. So now we can forget about BBs lifetime, etc. This is the one that counts. Brady torched them all night long. Question: how many tackles did #43 have?

    Can’t wait to see the new Power Rankings

  4. mataug says: Nov 15, 2010 12:31 AM

    forget the Steelers offense, that defense looked confused as hell… have never seen a Steelers defense play like that since I arrived in the US in 2007!

  5. toledoohoh says: Nov 15, 2010 12:31 AM

    Damning with faint praise as per usual.

  6. daveydawg says: Nov 15, 2010 12:34 AM

    I’m pretty sure there were a lot of “patriots are soft” and “patriots are done” comments on here earlier today….. good game tonight.

  7. faulkana says: Nov 15, 2010 12:39 AM

    Where are all of the tough, bigmouth, ALL-CAPS, Steeler posters from this week?
    Was that the “Smashmouth Football” you losers like to babble about?
    Your defense sucks.
    You morons breathe too much smog in that rectum of a city. Now that your team was exposed as a bunch of women-beating pansies, go back to being so proud of your long family histories of manufacturing the best trash can lids in the country. That is what you do in Pittsburgh, isn’t it? Important stuff.

    Fear Brady. He whooped your asses again tonight. Should have hung 50 on you.

    At least Jets fans can be clever and funny every once in a while. You folks are simpletons.

  8. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 12:39 AM

    Congratulations to the Patriots on an excellent game. The Pats have always seemed to have our number, and as expected, they were well prepared for this game. Never a team to underestimate heading into the stretch. A lot of talk about which team is the best in the league before today. The Giants, Titans, and my Steelers didn’t rise to the occasion, but the Pats lived up to their hype.

    In sack terms, this was too close for comfort to last season. Remembering those eight sacks by the Browns last year, we’re lucky this outcome wasn’t worse. The Pats are a far superior team to the 09 Browns–and so are the 2010 Browns, who we’ll meet again. I don’t know the answer to the holes in our o-line, but we’d better find one. Pouncey can’t do this job by himself. Not sure why the rest of the team was so sluggish. Love my team, but sluggish doesn’t win championships.

  9. pigpenrapeswomen says: Nov 15, 2010 12:44 AM

    My only regret about this game is that the Patriots didn’t seriously injure Pig Pen. I was hoping for a broken leg or something.

  10. richm2256 says: Nov 15, 2010 12:44 AM

    Steelers – the supposed “best team in the NFL” – got punched right in the mouth, AT HOME!!!

    Patriots D was awesome, Roethlisberger was sacked over and over and over again, despite some pretty good protection from a supposedly injured offensive line. New England’s offensive line was solid, and Brady was the Brady we know and love.

    The officials tried their very best to get the Steelers back in the game – how many times can they blatently ignore holding by Pittsburgh’s offensive line before it becomes transparent? – and by flagging the Patriot’s defense for ridiculous calls. Not to mention ignoring one late hit after another by Pittsburgh (did anyone else see#25 pushing Brady’s head backwards after his touchdown?).

    Nope, New England bitch-slapped the cream of the NFL, on THEIR HOME FIELD! Solid, solid effort. Roethlisberger got nothing but end of the game inflated stats. And please, spare us the whining of losing Hines Ward; New England didn’t have Randy Moss, either, and Ward doesn’t play on the Steelers defense, which fell flat on the job tonight.

    Looking forward to seeing New England back on top of the Power Rankings!

  11. The Exception says: Nov 15, 2010 12:46 AM

    “Most impressive outing since torn ACL”

    Did you skip the Pats Titans game last year when he threw 380 yards and 6 touchdowns?

  12. bbpats says: Nov 15, 2010 12:51 AM

    Steelers got taken out to the woodshed and BEATEN!
    Where are all those Steeler fans who called Brady and the Pats soft?
    Hello? You there?

  13. goldsteel says: Nov 15, 2010 12:57 AM

    The New England Patriots deserved the win. The Steelers were outplayed. The delayed stunt blitzes were very effective against an offensive that hasn’t played together.

    Every team gets up for the Steelers. Let’s see how the mighty Patriots are playing next week? The Steelers embarrassed themselves last night.

    I did see that the head shot on Hines Ward didn’t get a penalty. But the Patriots Prima Donna Quarterback elicited a roughing the passer call after being knocked down a second after he threw the ball. Neither play would have changed the outcome of the game but with Bob Kraft in attendance respect must be maintained.

    I wonder has Roger Goodell paralyzed the Steelers defense? Perhaps, Roger Goodell has already ruined the game of football? All the scoring going on around the league. Is that because defenses are afraid to make plays? What am I watching? What are you watching?

  14. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 1:08 AM

    @Richm2257 and pigpenrapeswomen …

    Reading my comment, then reading yours makes me glad my parents raised me to be a good winner as well as a good loser and to have class. Football games come and go. Class is forever.

    Pity that neither of you has any idea what I’m talking about.

  15. jaggedmark says: Nov 15, 2010 1:10 AM

    I thought if funny when Cris Collinsworth kept pointing out that not having Moss was hurting Brady because of all the man 2 man defense. He kept saying that while Brady was carving up the Steelers. Sounded foolish.

  16. macpac86 says: Nov 15, 2010 1:10 AM

    Patriots answered everything the Steelers had.

    I usually feel bad when a player gets hurt yet felt nothing when Ward had his bell rung, weird eh.

  17. cup1981 says: Nov 15, 2010 1:11 AM

    Great game by the Pats. They really showed that they came to play against the Steelers. I like the fact of losing to them in the regular season because we come for blood next time — AFC Championship game. Here’s to a rebound game next week, hopefully our offensive line has Kemoeatu back and the Coaches remember how well Doug Legursky has played and not leave him on the bench. Plus, it is time to sit Will Gay, he gave up ALL 3 offensive TDs today lol. FYI I hate Brady, but he showed true leadership over his team.

    If Steelers fans are interested, you can read a Steelers blog by clicking on my username.

    Go Steelers!!!

  18. smithopher says: Nov 15, 2010 1:52 AM

    As a Jets fan, I’m still not worried just yet. The Steelers had a bad game, they’ll play better if they should meet again. The Patriots know about bad games, you know… they lost in a big way last week vs the Browns. The Pats were hungry for the W this week and beat up on a decent opponent. I look forward to December 6th.

  19. Bubby Brister says: Nov 15, 2010 2:05 AM

    Dominated. Moving on.

    Yay for Power Rankings? I didn’t know this was the BCS.

    Hopefully we’ll see this team again in January. The Steelers know first hand that the postseason is a whole new ballgame. Handled the Patriots in 2004 and then lost in the playoffs and of course got handled by the Colts in 2005 and then won in the playoffs. It’s a learning experience.

    Ben played well considering the circumstances. He and Wallace get props for being the only two players to really show up. This thing is still wide open. I realize the Steelers D isn’t that great, but I honestly believe BB and Brady are the only coach and QB in the league who could expose it that severely. It’s what makes them all-timers. I still think they can beat any team in this league with the right gameplan, including the Pats. They surely didn’t have it tonight.

    Learn, improve, GET HEALTHY, keep moving…

  20. CKL says: Nov 15, 2010 2:06 AM

    #

    #
    The Exception says: Nov 15, 2010 12:46 AM

    “Most impressive outing since torn ACL”

    Did you skip the Pats Titans game last year when he threw 380 yards and 6 touchdowns?
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    That wasn’t more impressive IMO. The Titans were in the midst of an 0-6 skid IIRC, were clearly uniterested in playing in the snow as well. The Steelers are a true measuring stick because they are a solid team with a great defense.
    I agree with Rosenthal…Can’t remember TB playing that well since 07. He was precise and decisive, two things that had been missing on a consistent basis for a long time.
    Thank you to the Steelers fans here with class.

  21. Bubby Brister says: Nov 15, 2010 2:09 AM

    I think the thing that’s gonna bother me the most about this game is that Ward’s reception streak is over. We can always rebound from this loss but that’s something he’ll never get back. What a terrible way to end it. Hope the dude gets well soon.

  22. shortbuscrew says: Nov 15, 2010 2:13 AM

    Brady wrecked house!!!

  23. raiders4life says: Nov 15, 2010 2:29 AM

    cup1981 says:
    Nov 15, 2010 1:11 AM
    Great game by the Pats. They really showed that they came to play against the Steelers. I like the fact of losing to them in the regular season because we come for blood next time — AFC Championship game. Here’s to a rebound game next week, hopefully our offensive line has Kemoeatu back and the Coaches remember how well Doug Legursky has played and not leave him on the bench. Plus, it is time to sit Will Gay, he gave up ALL 3 offensive TDs today lol. FYI I hate Brady, but he showed true leadership over his team.

    If Steelers fans are interested, you can read a Steelers blog by clicking on my username.

    Go Steelers!!!
    —————————————-
    If you’re expecting the vastly improved Oakland Raiders to come into Ketchup Field next Sunday and just roll over for you guys pal, you’ve got another thing coming. How easily Pittsburgh fans try to forget hahaha. Take a look back to only last season when the Raiders came and earned a hard fought victory from your beloved Pittsburgh in Steel City. Prepare for another Steeler November losing streak again because the Raiders aren’t going to be your “rebound game” that’s for sure. GO RAIDERS!!!!!

  24. warrensip says: Nov 15, 2010 4:03 AM

    What’s the over under on raiders sacks next week? 8? 10?

  25. patriotsworld says: Nov 15, 2010 5:59 AM

    Just a few classy Steelers fans on here now. Where are all the trash talkers? Tough day for the “Belicheats”, etc.

  26. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2010 6:24 AM

    The Steelers defense has been exposed like this in the past.

    Smart Qb’s who can read fast and throw quick short passes into zone gaps have always been a problem.

    Brady and Gannon come to mind.

    I remember Gannon shredding them so bad that Cowher’s jaw was on the ground as he looked on in disbelief.

  27. bdrunk says: Nov 15, 2010 7:01 AM

    macpac86 says:
    Nov 15, 2010 1:10 AM
    Patriots answered everything the Steelers had.

    I usually feel bad when a player gets hurt yet felt nothing when Ward had his bell rung, weird eh.
    ——————
    Weird? Nah that’s pretty typical for your lot.

  28. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Nov 15, 2010 7:12 AM

    @ Deb:

    You are the exception. You are a logical fan with intelegent well thought out opinions. The Steeler fanbase is the biggest most arrigant douchiest fanbase in sports.

    The fanbase response to anything is yeah but we have 6 lombardis.

    By the way I am not a Pats fan (Charger fan).

  29. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    ********THEY SAID******

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Nov 13, 2010 7:02 PM
    Steelers will kick ass.
    Steelers will get fines.
    Steelers wont’ give a sh*t.

    Patriots will cry.
    All for naught.

    3octaveFart says:
    Nov 13, 2010 7:26 PM
    a Patriots haiku:

    Pats come to Steel Town
    Steelers kick their freakin’ *ss
    Pats go home to cry..

    ..the end.

    japdouds says:
    Nov 14, 2010 10:12 AM
    Biggest cover-up in sports history. Pats* forever tainted with asterisks. Funny how they haven’t been relevant since 2004.

    ————-

    They say a lot of things, were are THEY today?

    Heinz Field, The House that Brady built!!!

  30. artmodellspimp says: Nov 15, 2010 7:27 AM

    @ Deb: Classy, as always.

    @ goldsteel: Seldom have I seen so many lame excuses in one comment. Congratulations, whiner.

    My Cleveland Browns lost yesterday, too. But at least they made a game of it.

    I have to believe that Dick LeBeau ignored the game-film from the Browns’ smackdown of the Patriots last week. Too bad.

    And it must really hurt to know that both the Ratbirds and the Steelers lost, in the same week, to two teams that the CLEVELAND BROWNS totally dominated, previously.

    And I have to wonder…aren’t the Steelers starting this year’s meltdown a little earlier than last year? Either way, there’s still that re-match coming. And maybe the CLEVELAND BROWNS will spank the Steelers right out of the playoffs.

    Again.

    Can’t wait…

  31. 8man says: Nov 15, 2010 7:29 AM

    I’d like to spend more time pimping that Patriots win last night, but it’s now past time for that. More relieved than proud anyway.

    Peyton Manning and the Colts on Sunday and then a short week and up to Detroit to face the mightly Lions on Thanksgiving.

    There is work to do. Go Patriots!

  32. deanvernonwormer says: Nov 15, 2010 7:34 AM

    It’s all great entertainment but the point is really moot. It appears as if the NY Jets, who already beat New England and also beat the Browns (who kicked New England’s ass last week) has emerged as the pure frontrunner in the AFC.

    But for the win today Belicheat earns the ceremonial gold plated whistle.

    In two weeks the Pats get spanked by the NY Jets on Monday night.

  33. benchokeshischikin says: Nov 15, 2010 7:52 AM

    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!!

  34. jackburtonsspawn says: Nov 15, 2010 7:58 AM

    They put the screws to them in all facets, it was painful to watch. The fight at the bar I was at was the highlight of last nights watching experience.

  35. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 8:06 AM

    @joetoronto

    Smoke and Mirrors??

  36. igottz5onit says: Nov 15, 2010 8:13 AM

    God we looked awful out there last night. Good game Pats. Hopefully we can recover and make a strong playoff run.

  37. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Nov 15, 2010 8:17 AM

    I am not sure that game could have gone better if I scripted it myself. Total domination from the first snap. Sorry, Steelers fans. Your team is the one that is soft. And I’d like to see what Hines Ward has to say about the QBs causing the helmet hits now? How is that working out for you big mouth? This is a defining stretch of the season for the Patriots. 4 big games, all on the national stage. SO far so good. Way to go Patriots. And Steelers fans… please think real hard before coming up with your excuse for this loss. We have heard so many of them from you before. Please make it something original.

  38. pukey60 says: Nov 15, 2010 8:45 AM

    where oh where are all the Steelers fans that were calling BB Belicheat and totally talking trash about the Patriots this morning?

    Oh that’s right the Steelers got crushed last night at home. Brady conducted a clinic. Your defense looked confused all night.

    No the whining about bad calls, not letting you “play” will begin to run. But you know what? The Pats one fair and square.

  39. bdrunk says: Nov 15, 2010 8:47 AM

    flash1283 says:
    Nov 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    “They say a lot of things, were are THEY today?

    Heinz Field, The House that Brady built!!!”

    ———————-

    Oddly, a search of the name flash1283 in last week’s Browns/Pats recap…no results.

  40. pervyharvin says: Nov 15, 2010 8:54 AM

    The NFL is ever changing. Past championships and hard nose defenses of the past mean jack today.The Steelers got ko’d at home. While the Steelers are a good team,talk of having the biggest,baddest defense in the world is hardly believable now…

  41. apopcalypse says: Nov 15, 2010 8:58 AM

    As a Browns fan who lives with a Steelers fan, this game was…depressing.

    She only roots for the defense( Oddly enough, she’s pretty anti-rape and pro-woman, so rooting for Roethlisburger is out of the question. As I’m sure it would be for any self (or woman) respecting Steelers fan).

    The defense did not only poo-poo the bed, but set it on fire too. I can only hope for her that the defense shows up enough to make it a game, but never enough to win. Her season is already crap, let’s make it less-crap.

    That or Ben is taken out with a shattered knee-cap and she can then root for stumblin’-n-bumblin’-Leftwich to come in.

  42. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Nov 15, 2010 7:34 AM
    It’s all great entertainment but the point is really moot. It appears as if the NY Jets, who already beat New England and also beat the Browns (who kicked New England’s ass last week) has emerged as the pure frontrunner in the AFC.

    But for the win today Belicheat earns the ceremonial gold plated whistle.

    In two weeks the Pats get spanked by the NY Jets on Monday night.
    ——————————

    Are you kidding me! It appears NY is the front runner in the AFC. In the last 3 games for the NYJ they were shutout at home then went to OT with a 2-7 Lions team that probably would have won if a D -lineman didn’t have to kick the extra point, and yes they did go on the road and win again in Cleveland (in OT again) but don’t try and use that game to say we (NYJ) beat Cleveland ant the Patriots didn’t. It doesn’t mean anything. The Patriots proved that last night, it doesn’t matter what happens week to week, its different every week. If you want to say that then Patriots fans can play the same game. The Ravens beat the Jets, then the Patriots beat the Ravens, it means nothething. And as for the Jets going to New England and wing, probably not going to happen. These to teams split almost every year.

    What victory was more impressive yesterday?
    The Jets winning in OT with seconds left or the Patriots dominating the Steelers in Pittsburgh?

  43. onewinningdrive says: Nov 15, 2010 9:01 AM

    Wow, that was pretty much a blow out.
    I started the Steelers’ D in my FF, zero points, no sacks no INT.

    Second home loss. This does not look good for the play offs.

    Jets are now the first seed and the Pats hold one wild card pretty securely. Ravens are in first in the AFC north until the Steeleres win one more game. Beating them out right in Baltimore might not be enough based on AFC tie breakers and winning there is not a given.

    Go Ravens!!!

  44. runtheball says: Nov 15, 2010 9:01 AM

    The Steelers lost that game on the second play of the game. After starting the game with two tight ends against a team that was run over the week before, they went to five wides. Too much shotgun! The defense knows that they are throwing the ball, the steelers are not good enough to pick up the blitz. They need to fire Arians. He is so stuck on his offense and he ignores what the defense does. Instead of attacking the defense’s weaknesses they run the same ineffective plays. Most teams starting a new LT will adjust their blocking schemes to give him help. Keep the TE in, have the back chip, not the steelers. Teams like the Patriots and the Colts scheme inorder to cover up there weaknesses, not Arians. Does anybody really think that Colt’s OL are any good individually? oaching takes average players puts them together and makes an above average unit.

    The defense for some reason did not blitz a whole lot. When they did Brady looked awful? When Brady is pressured he is below average. Lucky for him his coach is smart enough to run a system that keeps the D off of him. Part of the pass defenses problems go back to the preseason game against Denver. Keenan Lewis played awful and took out his frustration on a clock. He has been in the doghouse evr since and has not seen much of the field. He is not a savior, but he is better than Willie Gay. If you are not familiar with Willie Gay, watch the Patriots touchdowns, you’ll see him flalling his arms as the offense runs by him.

  45. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 8:06 AM

    @joetoronto

    Smoke and Mirrors??
    *******************************************************
    Funny how you didn’t post what I explained when I said “smoke and mirrors”, flash.

    The Pats beat down a team that’s relied on “smoke and mirrors” for years now, as in the Steelers defense.

    YOUR defense is doing it with “smoke and mirrors” this year, and I really believe it’ll show up soon enough.

    Good coaching can only take you so far.

  46. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    bdrunk says:
    Nov 15, 2010 8:47 AM
    flash1283 says:
    Nov 15, 2010 7:26 AM

    “They say a lot of things, were are THEY today?

    Heinz Field, The House that Brady built!!!”

    ———————-

    Oddly, a search of the name flash1283 in last week’s Browns/Pats recap…no results.
    —————

    Look again!

  47. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:08 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 15, 2010 9:02 AM
    flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 8:06 AM

    @joetoronto

    Smoke and Mirrors??
    *******************************************************
    Funny how you didn’t post what I explained when I said “smoke and mirrors”, flash.

    The Pats beat down a team that’s relied on “smoke and mirrors” for years now, as in the Steelers defense.

    YOUR defense is doing it with “smoke and mirrors” this year, and I really believe it’ll show up soon enough.

    Good coaching can only take you so far.
    ———————-

    Come on, now you are saying the Steelers defense has been smoke and mirrors all these years??

    Please tell us, who has a good D?

    You are the typical Patriots hater, kill them when they dont win and make xcuses as to why they win.

  48. everybodygotaids says: Nov 15, 2010 9:11 AM

    Hmm….say the Jets and Pats both finish 13-3 (not saying it will happen, just bear with me), that would make 1 of them the division winner and likely 1 seed, and the other a wildcard team….wildcard teams can’t get a bye even if they have the 2nd best record in-conference…is that accurate?

  49. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:12 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 15, 2010 9:02 AM
    flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 8:06 AM

    @joetoronto

    Smoke and Mirrors??
    *******************************************************
    Funny how you didn’t post what I explained when I said “smoke and mirrors”, flash.

    The Pats beat down a team that’s relied on “smoke and mirrors” for years now, as in the Steelers defense.

    YOUR defense is doing it with “smoke and mirrors” this year, and I really believe it’ll show up soon enough.

    Good coaching can only take you so far.
    ———————-

    Come on, now you are saying the Steelers defense has been smoke and mirrors all these years??

    Please tell us, who has a good D?

    You are the typical Patriots hater, kill them when they dont win and make xcuses as to why they win.

    That’s “excuses”

  50. midniterambler7 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:25 AM

    It’s so frustrating wataching these games against the Pats. NE has run this game plan against us since 2001 and it appears we look lost each time we play them. They definately have our number, and I will say that any Super Bowl run, will have to be done the way it has been done in the past… rely on someone else to beat the Pats come playoff time, because we sure as hell can’t.

    Props to NE.

  51. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 15, 2010 9:29 AM

    @deanvernonwormer

    Outside of the Pats, who have the Jets beat this season? How many teams over 500 have they beaten?

    They aren’t the best team in the AFC. They aren’t the best team playing in that stadium.
    Jets fans are so pathetically obsessed with Belichick. Get over it. He didn’t want to stay in that over-hyped organization.

  52. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 9:32 AM

    The defense for some reason did not blitz a whole lot. When they did Brady looked awful? When Brady is pressured he is below average. Lucky for him his coach is smart enough to run a system that keeps the D off of him. Part of the pass defenses problems go back to the preseason game against Denver. Keenan Lewis played awful and took out his frustration on a clock. He has been in the doghouse evr since and has not seen much of the field. He is not a savior, but he is better than Willie Gay. If you are not familiar with Willie Gay, watch the Patriots touchdowns, you’ll see him flalling his arms as the offense runs by him.
    —————————-

    You need to go back and check the records, Brady is one of the best in the NFL vs the blitz.

  53. Spoonthis says: Nov 15, 2010 9:33 AM

    Great game Patriots. Hate saying that. The Steelers were outplayed and outcoached. I wish someone would give Bruce Arians, Steve Sabols number so he can get some game tape and learn something about the team he is about to play. How do you give Mendenhall the ball 11 times one weak after Peyton Hillis had his way with Pats D? Arians play calling sucks. The D may not have been so tired had Arians run the ball some and had sustained a few long drives. Yes, the Steelers D played very poorly but anyone saying the Steelers D sucks or is soft, doesn’t know football. Bring on the Raiders.

    Go Steelers.

  54. runtheball says: Nov 15, 2010 9:52 AM

    You need to go back and check the records, Brady is one of the best in the NFL vs the blitz.

    Did you watch the game? One of the few times that they blitzed and got pressure, Brady panicked and was called for intentional grounding.

  55. SteelTown6 says: Nov 15, 2010 10:09 AM

    When you play like chumps, you deserve to lose like chumps.

    The Steelers earned that loss.
    Take a nice bite of that sh*t sandwich boys…

    / hats off to the Pats…

  56. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 10:15 AM

    runtheball says:
    Nov 15, 2010 9:52 AM
    You need to go back and check the records, Brady is one of the best in the NFL vs the blitz.

    Did you watch the game? One of the few times that they blitzed and got pressure, Brady panicked and was called for intentional grounding.
    ————

    Yes you are correct, on that play. But they blitzed more than just that one play.
    All I’m saying throughout his career all coaches have acknowledged if you blitz Brady he will kill you.

    Last week the Browns chose not to blitz’s Brady, for that very reason.

    In the last 6 games vs the Steelers the Patriots have passed the ball 71% of the time.
    Pittsburg is known for its blitzing, why would they throw that many times if Brady is below average vs the blitz?

  57. runtheball says: Nov 15, 2010 10:54 AM

    Yes you are correct, on that play. But they blitzed more than just that one play.
    All I’m saying throughout his career all coaches have acknowledged if you blitz Brady he will kill you.

    There were maybe 4 plays all game where Brady was pressured and he didn’t complete one. Most of the time they rushed 3. Brady is very good at identifying the blitz and dumping the ball off. Once the blitz/rush gets past the line of scrimmage, he is not very good when he is pressured. They pass the ball 71% of the time, because the Steeler’s corners can’t cover well enough, particularly William Gay. Baltimore’s secondary is as bad as Pittsburgh, the difference is they blitzed the crap out of Brady. If the Steelers would have followed the Raven blueprint they would have won the game.

  58. hamburghlar1 says: Nov 15, 2010 10:55 AM

    Wow, Pats fans are sure classy! As a Steeler fan, we got WHOOPED on last night.. Pats just brought the house and our D couldn’t get through to mess up Brady’s hair. But Ben looked ok (except for the holding the ball too long/sacked thing), which is what we need for a playoff run….so we got that goin for us. It is true that the O line is 3rd and 4th stringers, so good on the Pats for taking advantage of that (but again, 3rd-4th stringers… cmon).

    Anyhoo, just goes to show that if you get completely dismantled by the Browns (whom the Steelers beat) you’d probably be pissed too and come to play the next week. Looking forward to a rematch in the playoffs, HERE WE GO STEELERS!!

  59. raiderfankirk says: Nov 15, 2010 11:20 AM

    Pitt played some man last night. Hope they do that when the Raiders come to town.

  60. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2010 11:21 AM

    flash1283:

    The Steelers haven’t had a good CB since Rod Woodson, that’s a long time ago now.

    Their DB’s have been protected for years by zone dogs.

    The Pats are hiding their deficiencies on defense in much the same fashion, it’s all based on pressure.

    Smart QB’s expose defenses like these, like Brady did yesterday, with short accurate passes in zone gaps.

    That’s not “hating”, that’s called “smoke and mirrors”.

  61. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 11:22 AM

    runtheball says:
    Nov 15, 2010 10:54 AM
    Yes you are correct, on that play. But they blitzed more than just that one play.
    All I’m saying throughout his career all coaches have acknowledged if you blitz Brady he will kill you.

    There were maybe 4 plays all game where Brady was pressured and he didn’t complete one. Most of the time they rushed 3. Brady is very good at identifying the blitz and dumping the ball off. Once the blitz/rush gets past the line of scrimmage, he is not very good when he is pressured. They pass the ball 71% of the time, because the Steeler’s corners can’t cover well enough, particularly William Gay. Baltimore’s secondary is as bad as Pittsburgh, the difference is they blitzed the crap out of Brady. If the Steelers would have followed the Raven blueprint they would have won the game.
    ———————

    What blueprint, Brady is 4-1 vs the Ravens.

  62. runtheball says: Nov 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    What blueprint, Brady is 4-1 vs the Ravens.

    The past two times they have played. The Patriots got hammered in the playoffs and squeeked out an OT win. In the playoffs, Brady was 23/42 for 154 yds, 2td, 3 int and was sacked 3 times. This year against Baltimore he had one of his worst games 27/44, 1 td, 2 int. Baltimore had 3 sacks and 5 QB hits.

  63. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2010 12:04 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 15, 2010 11:21 AM
    flash1283:

    The Steelers haven’t had a good CB since Rod Woodson, that’s a long time ago now.

    Their DB’s have been protected for years by zone dogs.

    The Pats are hiding their deficiencies on defense in much the same fashion, it’s all based on pressure.

    Smart QB’s expose defenses like these, like Brady did yesterday, with short accurate passes in zone gaps.

    That’s not “hating”, that’s called “smoke and mirrors”.
    ———–

    Ok, that sounds good.

    But doesn’t it stand to reason that a young defense like the Patriots have (4 rookie starters) will only get better as the season goes on?

  64. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 12:45 PM

    If Apopcalypse can post his comment, I should be able to post mine. At least mine was factual.

  65. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 12:51 PM

    @apopcalypse …

    Please spare us the holier-than-thou bit. If your wife truly cared about women’s issues, she would have taken time to study the facts in the Roethlisberger case. Then she would know the medical exam showed the accuser wasn’t raped, which is why the prosecutor said there was no evidence a crime occurred. As a longtime advocate for rape victims, I can assure you that women who make false claims do a lot more harm than football players who drink too much. And fans who claim they only root for the defense because there’s a bad guy on the offense are full of it. A team is a team.

  66. Deb says: Nov 15, 2010 1:06 PM

    @runtheball …

    Great comments!

    @8man …

    Trying to figure out why you’d be relieved. The Pats I saw last night are who I thought they were. Then I remember last week. Didn’t see the game, but that must have been some kind of weird anomaly. The Pats I saw last night looked like the Pats of old.

  67. holeinone09 says: Nov 15, 2010 7:03 PM

    Just home from the game. What a stinker. Pats spanked the Steelers, no two ways to look at it. Brady played outstanding, and we were clearly outcoached. When the Steelers let them go right down the field to open the second half, that was it for me. No successful adjustments were made at halftime. The defense took the day off apparently, which was kind of shocking to see. The DBs looked lost all day long. I still don’t know why Gay is in there, I guess they don’t have anybody better, but he is terrible on pass coverage.

    No excuses about anything, we lost. It is one game, and I don’t think the season is over yet, although from briefly skimming some of the above comments by people who did exactly what they accuse Steelers fans of doing you would think the season did end and the Steelers were winless.

    Hopefully, the Steelers will regroup, and find some healthly bodies to play Oakland next week.

    GO STEELERS!!

  68. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 18, 2010 11:49 AM

    DESPITE the gaudy numbers that Arians gets credit for, the majority of it comes because Ben is able to extend plays and chuck it deep to receivers whose defenders have given up on them and opt to chase the QB or otherwise abandon their responsibilities. His game management and gameplanning are ridiculously flawed. When an O-line is totally unprepared for the blitz like we ALWAYS are, you gotta go back to the OC, its ultimately his job to figure out protection schemes, and the O-Line coach to make sure his guys understand it. Either we dont have an effective plan, or our lineman dont understand it, either way, it needs fixing and he’s the guy who is supposed to fix it….and he hasnt. secondly, either ben is too dumb to read a blitz and the hot read or he’s not being taught. i’m going to guess the latter because its an inherent part of blitz pickup. First, you teach the lineman who to block, then you teach to qb to to look for when it happens. its really not that hard to do, but when you arent prepared for it, it looks like splitting atoms. Also, we might have the least inventive and most predictable running game ever in the recorded history of football. If we’re gonna run right on every play, we can at least mix in a counter or a trap every now and again to keep them honest. Yes, the end result is sometimes big numbers in the stat column, but when we win, its DESPITE him, not because of him. When you have a great defense, keep them fresh and off the field. Arians has proven himself unable to do this. far too many 3-6 and outs (yes, sometimes we get a first down before punting). the more time and opportunities you give the opposing team to attack your defense, the more likely they are to find success. especially good teams, and especially when your defensive backfield is suspect to say the least. BTW, William Gay is quickly turning into the second coming of Chad Scott, and we could’ve done fine without the first coming.
    All that being said, can we stop sounding the alarms like we got our heads beat in by the bills or something? last i checked, Tom Brady was at the very least, very good, and especially so when he isnt pressured. I dont think anyone was surprised by the Patriot gameplan (they’ve been doing this same thing to us for years now and we havent found a way to stop it yet, unless Tom isnt playing.) our DBs have been subpar since Rod Woodson left and we refuse to address it. Tom is one of the most accurate to play the game and looked like it…again, with virtually no pressure. we really didnt seem to be sending a lot of it his way either, which was surprising. i’m sure he does very well against the blitz, but sitting back wasnt helping us either. i’d rather blitz and lose. at least then you can say you forced him to make quick decisions and he was able to do it with consistency and high rate of accuracy.
    what surprises me is the arrogance of the pats fans posting on here. would the browns have been justified in spewing such nonsense after they beat you? i doubt it. in fact, i’d bet you would say something like “its only 1 game, dont go crowning anyone just yet” or something similar. you won, convincingly, on the road, against a top tier team in the league. we were grossly outcoached and subsequently outplayed by a good team (i had my doubts going in, but the pats showed up and played). congrats…and i mean that sincerely…hopefully there’s a rematch…and hopefully in foxborough because we cant beat you in our stadium….that said, win as graciously as you lose and just remember that one game does not a season make. if it did, doesnt losing to the browns pretty much leave you no chance to be successful this year? didnt think so.

  69. rushmatic says: Nov 18, 2010 9:23 PM

    @Deb
    @steelerdynasty2010

    You’re truly surprised by Pats fans? Take a scroll through the thread on a Patriots-related story and tell me you don’t see the same damn thing from your fans.

    Yeah, I get it, you two are clearly head-and-shoulders above the rest of us, in terms of your maturity and ability to convey your feelings in a somewhat level manner. Except you, steelerdynasty2010 — I could be wrong, but I think I’ve seen you talking spygate nonsense recently. Or something lame and irrelevant, yet similar.

    Anyway, always look forward to playing the Steelers. Always fun to watch. Hate your QB and the apologists for him, but hey, I am a fanatic, no?

    Until next time!

  70. goldsteel says: Nov 18, 2010 11:42 PM

    @ goldsteel: Seldom have I seen so many lame excuses in one comment. Congratulations, whiner.

    Whiner? The Steelers got beat. In fact, I’m not sure the Steelers were there. They were terrible. This wasn’t the first time New England put it to the Steelers.

    Excuses? Well, the Steelers are missing the two starting tackles on offense and the left guard on occasion. And the Steelers are missing both defensive ends. But much of the team was terrible and the offensive coordinator should have called more running plays in the beginning to allow the offensive line to gain it’s footing.

    Whether you can see the quantum shift in professional football from the National Fine League or not isn’t my concern. When Browns players start getting fined and then defensive players pull up on plays then maybe you will understand. Or maybe you won’t.

    Congratulations on Colt McCoy. The young man plays like a winner. Decisive, focused and a player.

    GO STEELERS!

  71. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 19, 2010 7:15 AM

    umm, no, look again. i made a tongue-in-cheek comment the other day, but i’m of the mind that if the pats were caught, there were at least 5 other teams that did not, and thats a very conservative number.

  72. rushmatic says: Nov 19, 2010 11:33 AM

    @ steelerdynasty2010

    umm, no, look again. i made a tongue-in-cheek comment the other day, but i’m of the mind that if the pats were caught, there were at least 5 other teams that did not, and thats a very conservative number.
    ______________________________

    Regardless of the mind you’re of (if that makes any sense), you’re no better than the trolls who aren’t, for being that way. I think you know what I mean.

  73. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 19, 2010 1:29 PM

    um, no, i dont know what you mean. if you’re trying to rationalize and minimize them being caught videotaping signals, go right ahead if it makes you feel better. I’m personally not really bothered by the practice. As many have said, whether someone’s taping your signals or not, change them and its not a problem. so you would prefer me to join the chorus of “they cheated” since you say my stance on the subject is no better than theirs? now you’re really losing me

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