It would also make New England 3-0 vs. Pittsburgh in conference championship games since 2001.
As you saw in the Houston game, the Texans were able to fluster Brady and disrupt the Patriots offense by attacking Andrews and Thuney up the middle using two players (Clowney and Mercilus) who are typically edge rushers.
Shazier is responsible for relaying play calls from coordinator Keith Butler to the rest of the defense in addition to identifying pre-snap adjustments and reads, no easy task for someone of his age (24) in a complex hybrid 3-4 defense. Thankfully, the final injury report of the week shows the team has pretty much recovered from this flu-like bug as have most of the players who have missed games recently due to injury. The 17-year-veteran was calling the plays when the Patriots defeated the Steelers in both 2001 and 2004 to advance to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh’s defense is giving up touchdowns on only 47.54 percent of opponent red-zone appearances, or fifth in the league. On the other end of the spectrum, the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers will battle it out for the right to represent the NFC in the upcoming Super Bowl. If the Steelers can’t get going on the ground, look for them to manufacture yards by getting Bell going in the pass game.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Patriots are 6-point home favorites versus the Steelers while the over/under is now sitting at 50.5 points.
The key to this matchup is whether or not New England can limit Roethlisberger’s two offensive weapons in running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“It’s a game that the score is going to be big, but during the time between those white lines, it’s just football”, said Gay.
When he joined the Steelers, they boasted the NFL’s best defense and improving offense. Roethlisberger has thrown nine touchdowns to nine interceptions on the road this year, playoffs included, compared to 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions at home.
“Of course I want to play, but I am just taking it day by day and seeing whatever the coaches want me to do”. “It would be me in this game”, he said. The Patriots passed 46 times for 399 yards and four touchdowns, barely bothering with a run game.
“So, it’s reasonable to expect that he’s going to continue to grow in those areas, and we need him to continue to grow in those areas, because we need the plays associated with that growth”.
“It’s water under the bridge”, Big Ben said.
He remains in concussion protocol, head coach Mike Tomlin said. Garoppolo is the No. 1 backup – considered a franchise quarterback to most people.