The Pittsburgh Steelers have not defeated the New England Patriots since 2011, but they feel that the Miami Dolphins provided a blueprint to victory on Monday night.
The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 27-20, but were dominant throughout the game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not throw for a single passing yard in the first quarter, and tallied 2 interceptions on the day.
Steelers cornerback Artie Burns said that the defense learned a lot from that game.
“They definitely got hands on him,” Burns said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “If you watch the corners, the linebacker, they had hands on them down the line, down the field on the route, that kept the disruption on the timing of the route between Brady and the receiver. That’s something we looked at on tape and are gonna take it into our game.”
There generally is one sure-fire way to have success against the Patriots: Put hands on their wide receivers, and pressure Brady.
That is not always easy to do, but the Dolphins caught a break with tight end Rob Gronkowski out due to suspension, and wide receiver Julian Edelman out for the season.
Gronkowski will be back Sunday, so Burns and the Steelers defense will have a much more difficult time having the same success that the Dolphins had. Especially since the Steelers’ defense has had a problem giving up big plays in the passing game all season, including during their Week 14 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
However, the Steelers’ offense is much more explosive than the Dolphins’, so maybe they can force the Patriots out of their comfort zone as well.
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