Found October 27, 2011 on Bleed Black & Gold:

It is Patriot week.  The third biggest week of the year.  They still do not compare to either of the Ravens weeks of the year.  Now I could go through 20 different key match ups in this game.  There are so many people who will be going up against one another that will be huge match ups for the Steelers in this game.  Here are a couple of them.

  • Lawrence Timmons vs. Rob Gronkowski
  • LaMarr Woodley vs. Nate Solder
  • Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis vs. The Steelers Front Seven
  • Wes Welker vs. Ike Taylor
  • Vince Wilfork vs. Maurkice Pouncey
I could go on all day.  This is a huge game and there are match up problems all over the field for both teams.  The only Match Up that needs to be talked about though is the same one that has had everyone talking all week.  That is Tom Brady vs. Dick Lebeau’s Zone Blitz.  No matter what else happens in the game this is what will determine who wins and who loses this game. Brady has played 7 games against the Steelers.  The Patriots are 6-1 in those games.  Brady has had his way with the Steelers defense.  He has one 4 touchdown game, two 3 touchdown games and 2 two touchdown games.  In his last 3 appearances has thrown for over 350 yards in every game.  We have no ability to stop him.  He does what he wants when he wants. Brady has been able to adapt to Coach Lebeau’s schemes but Lebeau has failed to adapt to the Patriots offense.  Lebeau likes to leave his base defense on the field as much as possible and Brady salivates over it.  He sees those linebackers covering tight ends and wide receivers and knows where the ball is going before he even gets the snap.  He looks at the mismatches and takes advantage of them every time. Brady has also had 2 weeks to prepare for this game.  The Patriots were on bye last week and were able to get some extra time in to study the Steelers.  He will know what is going on all over the field.  That is a disadvantage to the Steelers.  If there is one thing that Brady and Belichek do better then anyone but Peyton Manning it is prepare. If Coach Lebeau decides to leave players like James Farrior, Larry Foote and Casey Hampton on the field during passing downs where they are not effective it will crush us.  We need to adapt to the Patriots style of play and not be stubborn.  If Lebeau can make the changes needed and get the right guys on the field we will have a chance.  If we play base defense and try to make the Patriots play our way then we are in for a long afternoon.

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