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WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · 8:20 PM EDT, Gillette Stadium

 

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Last Five

12/16/2018 New England Patriots 10 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17    
12/17/2017 New England Patriots 27 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 24    
01/22/2017 * Pittsburgh Steelers 17 @ New England Patriots 36    
10/23/2016 New England Patriots 27 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16    
09/10/2015 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 @ New England Patriots 28  

 

That 2015 one was also a season opener after we won the SB, and that was the game we unleashed 3-TE hell (Gronk, Chandler, Hooman) on them. Which brings me to...

 

Why they might win

- Traditionally, they've never been able to cover our TEs, particularly up the seams, and this is now a weakness for us. We don't have their tormentors. 

- The last two games suggest they've figured out that they can't just sit in soft zone and let TB carve ravage them. They have been far more proactive, and we've struggled more

- We start slow

 

Why we will win

- They've a terrible record at our place

- Brady still has unreal stats against them, and can pick zone apart

- Some possible favorable match ups for us, I don't think they're high on Burns, and we have either elusive route runners, or big targets now. We are multi-dimensional on offense

 

Team Updates

- Harry to IR, so our receiving unit will look like; Edelman, Dorsett, Meyers, Gordon and probably LaCosse starting. Let's hope Gordon is ready to play

- Wynn touted to start LT

 

Prediction;

PIT - 21

NE - 24

Edited by Deadpulse
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5 minutes ago, scottishpatriot said:

for the Steelers.

Pats by 15.

we'll see. I don't have a lot of faith in the offense in game 1.

The defense must perform well.

PIT - 17

NE - 24

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6 minutes ago, SBLIII said:

we'll see. I don't have a lot of faith in the offense in game 1.

The defense must perform well.

PIT - 17

NE - 24

I was mostly joking. Very excited. Feels like this is almost a house money season. I'm on holiday this weekend so I can stay up to the wee hours and not have to worry about work in the morning. (Game will finish at 4:30am in the UK.)

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Agree with @SBLIII - our D will need to be on point early.

We have excellent linebackers now, and stout middle - so hopefully Conner is contained. Gilmore on SS. They have a lot speed wide to contend with. Ben's still damned accurate. 

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Good guys - 24

Bad guys - 16

We'll do just fine as long as we keep Conner from going off. Don't see Ben giving us problems with Gilmore glued to JuJu. The fact it's a home game makes me even more confident.

Edited by Elky

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I think Ben struggles against our defense. Connor has to be their offense. For us, how rusty is our WR corp a/ Tom?

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14-10 patriots. 

 

This defense is strong, but this offense is built differently-ie built to control the game and win lower scoring affairs. 

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7 hours ago, Elky said:

Good guys - 24

Bad guys - 16

 

This is delicious bait

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5 hours ago, Deadpulse said:

I think Ben struggles against our defense. Connor has to be their offense. For us, how rusty is our WR corp a/ Tom?

Worried? (About our offense, that is)

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I can't see them scoring less than 21 at home, on Primetime, on the day they drop their banner. Statement game, 31-17 Patriots. And it's not as close as that score looks.

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43 minutes ago, ChazStandard said:

I can't see them scoring less than 21 at home, on Primetime, on the day they drop their banner. Statement game, 31-17 Patriots. And it's not as close as that score looks.

I am slightly worried, the Chiefs game a couple of openers ago has put me on ALERT (!) for season opening games against top opposition 

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I wanna see how the D does vs. a competent offense early in the season.  How's Pitt's O-line?

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15 minutes ago, IheartMyV8 said:

 How's Pitt's O-line?

Top 5, easily. DeCastro and Pouncey make up some of the best IOL in the league. Do they still use Villaneuva? If so, he came on leaps and bounds in protection. RT is a potential weakness

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