It’s Steelers-Patriots week, and we are just hours away from the game that Steelers fans have been waiting for/dreading all season long.
The Patriots have an inferior record, are coming off a loss and are playing on the road … yet Vegas has them as 2.5-point favorites. And while all Steelers fans are hoping for a win, a 205-point loss would surprise absolutely no one. I mean, it’s Steelers-Patriots, after all. The one team in the league that regularly humiliates the Steelers like the Steelers do to the Browns is the New England Patriots.
Will this year be different? Maybe, maybe not. To debate this question with me I will welcome in one of the brightest minds in all of sports writering: Also me.
First up, the anti-Steelers case.
The Steelers are going to get killed.
The Steelers gave up 38 points and 413 yards of total offense last week to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. JOE FLACCO AND THE BALTIMORE RAVENS. If I wanted to, I could end my argument there and win the debate with ease. If the Steelers defense can’t stop the Ravens — 27th in the league in total yards — they have no hope against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
But to let you work out your thumb’s scrolling muscles, I’ll write a bit more. (Lucky you!)
First of all, Tom Brady owns the Steelers. He is 7-2 against the Steelers all-time in the regular season and 10-2 if you include the postseason. In his last seven games against the Steelers, Brady is 6-1 with 22 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Zero. And New England’s points differential over that same time period is plus-87, an average of 12.4 points per game. That is complete domination. Big brother, little brother stuff.
There is not a modern Steelers player alive who doesn’t have heel marks from Brady’s Ugg boots running up and down his chest.
At least 30 other teams in the NFL would dump their head coach in a second for Mike Tomlin, but New England is not one of them. If you hate yourself, re-watch the tape of last year’s AFC title game. Belichick and his staff so badly out-coached Tomlin, Todd Haley and Keith Butler that the Steelers coaches should have had their whistles confiscated after the game. Tomlin very well might be the second-best coach in the NFL, but it’s a distant No. 2. It’s the distance between Chris Hogan and every Steelers defensive back, if not more.