Week 9: New England Patriots 55, Pittsburgh Steelers 31- Post Game Thoughts

These are the New England Patriots we have all become used to seeing as they rolled up the Steelers at home on Sunday.  As the Pats looked dominant in this game, it came at the expense of Pittsburgh who has not been dominated like this in, ever.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I do recall hearing that these 55 points and the 610 yards were franchise worsts in terms of being allowed for this proud team.  Shoot, they got shredded as Tom Brady took the top off of this defense with his 432 yards passing and four touchdowns.  He got Rob Gronkowski involved early and often as “Gronk” finished the day with 9 catches for 143 yards and a score.  Danny Amendola (yes he was healthy) scored his first touchdown of the year in this one while Aaron Dobson chipped in with the other two receiving touchdowns (one of them went for 81 yards).  Stevan Ridley plowed his way into the end zone twice with 115 yards in this game.  The Patriots as a team ran the ball 34 times with their backs in this game, so the dedication to the running game was a big factor in this blowout win.  For the Steelers, things cannot get much worse than this.  They have dropped to 2-6 on the season despite Big Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 400 yards on the afternoon/evening.  The Pittsburgh defense got ripped apart in this one and when teams can have their way with Dick LeBeau’s unit, it is clear that this offense is not good enough to neutralize it.  Todd Haley’s job is going to be in question by the end of this season, speaking of which.  This was not a horrible offensive performance by any means, but all season long this Pittsburgh “O” has not been overly impressive.  It is pretty clear that Dick LeBeau and Mike Tomlin’s jobs are not in any real jeopardy, so someone’s gotta go following this down year and it may be Haley.  Things need to change for the Steelers before they can find themselves in contention for a playoff spot in the coming years, and this game was simply the crescendo of a forgettable season for the black and yellow nation.

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