So, will this week's game come down to special teams? While I'm not really feeling it, I'd be remiss to not remind people of a couple of things. First off, since Nick Folk didn't have any field goal attempts last week, his streak for makes under 50 yards is still in tact. If he makes his next attempt he will be tied at 56 for the all time lead with Ryan Succop. The game time weather looks perfect for kicking.
Second, returning kicks and punts for the Steelers is former Patriot, Gunner Olszewski. We are 0-1, so there will be now hoping he plays well, but the Patriots win the game going on today. There will be 15 games after today that you are free to root for the guy. Should the Patriots decide to return some punts today, hopefully they don't get lit up by punter Pressley Harvin III.
PROTECT YOUR QUARTERBACK- The Steelers had 7 sacks last week and led the league last season with 55. Although they won't have TJ Watt, the offensive line as well as any other offensive player who has a defensive player lined up in front of him (yeah, I'm looking at you Hunter Henry) needs to give the future franchise some time. Andrews and the rest of the offense also need to be ready to snap the ball once they are set and stop waiting for the defense to be ready.
GAME PLAN- Are the Patriots a running team or a passing team? Should they aim to one or the other based on their roster? I think the team is pretty well rounded and should continue to remain balanced with their game plans. Of course, if an opponent is showing they can't stop something during a game I am 100% for running it until they can stop it. In my opinion that is the thing that drove me nuts about McDaniels. He never appeared to want to go for the jugular early in the game and left points on the table.