The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New England Patriots in the Steelers’ home opener at the newly renamed Acrisure Stadium. The last time the New England Patriots played against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Belichick’s boys won 33-3. Three years have passed since and it doesn’t look very likely they’re going to blow out their opponents again.
The Patriots lost their Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins by a score of 20-7. 2nd-year quarterback Mac Jones had a decent game, finishing 21 for 30 for 213 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Despite that, the Patriots were shut out for 3 of 4 quarters last Sunday.
An offense this inconsistent is a rare sight in New England, and Bill Belichick will be applying a lot of pressure on his guys to make a big step forward in Week 2. The Patriots defense was their best asset, though they were unable to force a Dolphins turnover. 4 balls were fumbled in the game, 2 by each team, but all 4 were recovered by Miami.
The Steelers defeated their bitter rivals and the defending AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday, 23-20. Pittsburgh turned Joe Burrow over 4 times in the first half, entering the locker room during the break with a 17-6 lead. Unfortunately, the Bengals climbed right back, eventually tying the game up 20-20.
An extra point would have given the Bengals the win, but it was blocked by Minkah Fitzpatrick, sending the game into overtime. New starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had an underwhelming Steelers debut, carried to an opening win by his defense.
The Steelers and Patriots are both led by young quarterbacks hoping to ride their defenses to victory. While Mitchell Trubisky certainly has more experience than Mac Jones, they are both still putting things together. This game should be a defensive battle and a real slug fest, but the loss of T.J. Watt could prove to be a major problem for the Steelers.
New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers Game Information
- Date: 09/18/2022
- Time: 01:00 PM ET
- Location: Acrisure StadiumPittsburgh,PA
- How to Watch: Patriots vs Steelers: NBC
- Live Stream: NFL.TV
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