Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have registered just the gleams of susceptibility. That was the reason why it was feasible that this season New England would dawdle to a 2-2 beginning and drop to the lowest point of the NFL's defensive listings after allowing at least thirty points in three of those matches.
Patriots at Steelers
Sun 12/17 @ 4:25pm ET
Heinz Field, Miami, FL
Things took a different turn at the time of an eight-game victory flow. In this period, the Patriot's defense was one of the best allowing just 11.8 points in every game.
The changes also occurred notwithstanding the Patriots missing linebacker Donta Hightower due to a season-ending injury, as well as other players along the way.
But those series of success was cut short by Mondays 27-20 setback at Miami. This was Patriot's earliest loss since October 1st and their earliest on the road after the 20-10 season finale defeat in the year 2015.
Jay Cutler got his initial triumph against the Patriots, throwing for two hundred and fifty-six yards and three touchdowns. Kenyan Drake got one hundred and fourteen yards rushing.
The loss too resulted in more problem. Alan Branch, who is a defensive lineman had to quit the team because of knee injury another player, was also affected by yet another injury in the last minute.
The timing was not favorable for a group that was now missing sack captain Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy who is a linebacker.
It could even result in quite poor results in the next road match up against Pittsburgh.
The New England(10-3) is lead by the Steelers (11-2) in the competition. The Steelers would get a home-field edge during the AFC playoffs if Pittsburgh wins and Jacksonville losses.
Although the Patriots were aware that going to the Miami match that the chances would be high the following week, safety Devin McCourty ridiculed the approach of their weaknesses originating from the fact that they were looking ahead to Pittsburgh.
You have got the championship on the line. That is not the game to test our potential. We did not do as much as we expected against another team that is struggling to win their playoff place, too. He stated.
This is those moments in the season when if you do not be at your best the given level, you will lose since the competition is so stiff.
McCourty's performance in their game earned is career a sack, and first since 2015.
Patriots defensive organizer Matt Patricia has managed this period to find the exceptional out of a young group that has been forced to Integrate many new contributors.
Eric Lee, the defensive end, has got his first career inceptions in back-to-back weeks. Again, linebacker Jonathan Freeny too played in his first match for the Patriots this time on Sunday after re-signing with the team shortly in the week.
Belichick recognized that there is a parity in correcting their blunders from Miami failure and focusing on the Pittsburgh offense that has a broad diverse plan.
We have to take time on issues that we want to ensure that we review and mark, or they will recur again and they will happen again and become an issue again. Belichick announced.
Patriots vs. Steelers
|28.3||Points Per Game||24.6|
|19.2||Points Allowed Per Game||19.3|
|271.2||Pass Yards Allowed||223.5|
|120.7||Rush Yards Allowed||102.9|
|WR||Chris Hogan||Questionable||Dec 13|
|OT||Marcus Cannon||IR||Dec 13|
|DE||Alan Branch||Questionable||Dec 13|
|CB||Johnson Bademosi||Questionable||Dec 14|
|S||Brandon King||Questionable||Dec 15|
|TE||Vance McDonald||Questionable||Dec 13|
|CB||Joe Haden||Questionable||Dec 13|
|CB||Coty Sensabaugh||Questionable||Dec 13|
|C||Maurkice Pouncey||Questionable||Dec 14|
|WR||JuJu Smith-Schuster||Questionable||Dec 14|