Yes, Brady connected on 19 straight passes at one point on a secondary, that looked like it never played defense before. He finished with 288 passing yards and 4 TDs, and “Gronk” had 94 receiving yards with 3 TDs. But, it was week one for a new regime on defense with a new play caller and several new faces in new roles.
Plus, they won’t be playing Tom Brady every week, or a QB of his style until week four on October 1st at Heinz Field against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.
However, the Black & Gold defense did force the Patriots offense to punt 4 times and sacked Brady twice.
The biggest caveat for the Steelers going further is an offense that was highly impressive without All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell and emerging star wide receiver Martavis Bryant.
Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to 21 points—should’ve been 27 if Kicker Josh Scobee hits two make able FGs—on 26-38 passing, 351 yards and 1 TD. Antonio Brown did what he always does, 9 catches for 133 yards and a TD. Bell’s back up DeAngelo Williams surprised many as he ran for 127 yards on 21, proving that his 32-year-old legs will be a formidable one-two punch with Bell that will wear defenses down.The offensive line continues to keep #7 standing up right, even in the absence of their injured All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey. Although they did give up 3 sacks.
This team may very well score the 30 points a game they hope. Especially if they if they continue to move the ball up and down the field for 464 yards a game like on Thursday night. They definitely had their opportunities.The defense just needs to get in position to not allow a QB to complete 78 percent of his passes with a 143.8 QBR. The Killer B’s offense has everything it needs to be a championship driving force, if the D gives them a tad bit more.
The other good news for Pittsburgh, only Cincinnati won in the division. Next up for the Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers in the home opener.