Soon after the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was time for another edition of the TB Times to be published. Tom Brady – or perhaps an executive assistant – roasted Steeler Nation on his Facebook page after handing Pittsburgh their third loss of season.
Brady completed 73% of his passes (19/26) for 222 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Patriots quarterback is averaging 335 passing yards per game on the season, with eight touchdowns and no turnovers. In TB12’s three games since his return from Article 46 exile the Patriots offense is averaging 32 points per game. On Sunday he even ran for three first downs, one on a quarterback sneak and two when all the receivers were covered.
LeGarrette Blount rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Blount gashed the team that unceremoniously dumped him two years ago to the tune of 5.3 yards per carry and outperforming Pittsburgh star running back Le’Veon Bell. Rob Gronkowski caught all four passes thrown his way, making the Steelers secondary look impotent. Gronk finished with 93 yards and one touchdown, and set up another touchdown knocking over defenders in his trademark style.
The Patriots did not come close to playing their best game. The Pats turned the ball over twice, set Pittsburgh up with great field position after a 35-yard Ryan Allen punt, and Stephen Gostkowski missed another extra point. Mike Tomlin was unable to take advantage of those miscues though, and that was the difference between a win and a loss. Both teams scored four times but while the Steelers were settling for field goals (and two missed field goal attempts), the Patriots kept responding with touchdowns.
Next up for the Patriots is an opportunity for payback. New England’s sole loss on the season was to the Bills and the Pats travel to Buffalo next week. Rex Ryan’s crew may have been caught looking ahead to that game, as the Bills were upset by Miami. Buffalo blew an 11-point second half lead, torched on both the ground (214 yards rushing by Ben Ajayi) and the air. A 66 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Kenny Stills with 2:24 remaining sealed the outcome. Buffalo drops to 4-3, two games behind the Patriots in the AFC East; Miami improves to 3-4.
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