When it comes to offense, the Steelers have the best in the league as they have been successful 77.5% of the time overall and 89.47% of the time at home. Defensively the Patriots have struggled, especially recently. They are ranked 23rd with an opponent success rate of 63.5%. In their last 3 games that rate has been 80%.
- individual opponent with 100 yards rushing- 0-1
- individual opponent with 100 yards receiving- 1-4-1
- individual opponent with 300 yards passing- 1-3
SPECIAL TEAMS- The Patriots have been all over the place with special teams this year. What used to be our strength is now a gamble. The one place that hasn’t blown up in our face lately, yet gives me heart palpitations every weekis punt returns. Edelman looks awful fielding punts. He’s consistently not calling for fair catches when there’s no chance of anything good happening. One of these days it’s going to lead to an easy score for our opponents. Hopefully it doesn’t also lead to a loss.
It goes without saying that this season the Patriots should be playing for touchbacks at least 95% of the time whether we are receiving or kicking. Ryan Allen has been solid all season (knock on wood) and Gostkowski had a really tough game in Miami.