Although the Patriots have 6 games under their belts, Tom Brady has only played 2 games. While the second (Garopollo) and third string (Brissett) quarterbacks did a great job holding the fort down, they aren't Tom Brady. Besides, mixed into those passing stats is that one game where we played with a very injured Brissett whose only directions appeared to be, "don't force us into using Jules behind center".
Avoid Dumb Penalties- Defensively the Patriots should have a field day at Heinz today. Of course a cheap roughing the passer or pass interference bailout whistle could give the Steelers some momentum. If we avoid giving them any momentum, it should be a nice easy victory from start to finish.
Special Teams- I don't think Ryan Allen is going to get many snaps today. If he gets one or two I'm sure it will be business as usual for him and his coverage crew. Now Gostkowski, he's going to be busy. Hopefully he will be busy kicking point afters and kicking it out of the endzone. While I'm still a proponent of using the well placed kickoff for pinning teams deep in their own end, we shouldn't have to play that game today.
Take What They Give Us Offensively- The Patriot quarterbacks have yet to throw an interception this season. This trend should continue today as Pittsburgh's defense isn't very good. They are ranked 28th on defense when it comes to yards given up. Without having their quarterback there to hold onto the ball and eat some time off the clock, I expect them to allow over 450 yards to the Patriots. I'd say they might give up more, but with a short field and some defensive takeaways, there will only be so many yards available.