Patriots Crush Steelers In Home Opener

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

Last year Phillip Dorsett made a splash when he caught seven passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in a win over Houston.

Patriots reporter Mike Reiss joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to talk more about the win.

The Steelers had five full possessions in the first half and punted on four of them, going three-and-out three times.

Now, football fans will brace themselves for the next act of a truly freakish and sometimes unsavory saga, one which saw Brown sow chaos all around himself - seemingly just because he could - and still end up on the roster of perhaps the finest team in the National Football League.

But the Raiders appeared to be putting up with all of it - until finally they weren't, when Oakland released Brown Saturday to void their $29 million contract obligation. Unable to get Brown to behave, the Steelers refused to trade the disgruntled diva to New England only to see him wind up with the team that has reached the AFC championship game eight straight seasons. Sundays during the regular season are not considered a business day for transactions in the National Football League, which is why the Steelers' decision to waive Tuzar Skipper last Saturday meant his 24-hour waiver period wouldn't expire until 4 p.m. on Monday.

With or without Antonio Brown, at 42-years old, Tom Brady certainly didn't show any signs of a drop off to kickoff the season after putting together an impressive outing.

In the end, it could only be the New England Patriots.

There was no sign of him at the stadium.

Brady and Edelman connected on New England's core crossing concept off of play-action with Brady averaging over 11 yards per attempt on play-action attempts. "Just like every other player".

ANSWER: For Ben Roethlisberger to get in sync with his receivers, he needs game reps with his receivers.

Some of these gambles paid off big - Blount won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, and Moss racked up 50 touchdowns in 52 games for New England.

Mike Tomlin should be very embarrassed by his team after Sunday night's terrible performance. The veteran cornerback put it behind him and continued making plays, playing a key role in holding Moncrief to 3 receptions on a team-high 10 targets for Pittsburgh as the Patriots defense continued the relentless stranglehold they had on the Steelers' offense. That doesn't excuse the Steelers' performance on Sunday night, but it's not as if Brady is some ham-and-egger, to use a Rocky Balboa term.

Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were impressed.

The Steelers finished the game with 308 yards, but many of those came in garbage time.

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