It’s been 24 years since the Steelers and Patriots played each other without featuring QB Ben Roethlisberger or Tom Brady. Brady got the best of Roethlisberger in head-to-head matchups. In the 12 games the two hall of fame QBs played each other in, Brady went 9-3.
Week Two: Patriots @ Steelers Preview
The week two matchup between New England and Pittsburgh will feature two new faces in QB Mac Jones and QB Mitchell Trubisky. In week one, Steelers QB Trubisky did just enough for Pittsburgh to secure a wild victory. His stat line was 21-38 for 194 yards and a TD. If there were any positives for Trubisky to take away from week one, it is the fact that he never turned the ball over in Cincinnati. Had the Steelers offense been clicking early, this game had the chance to get out of hand. Pittsburgh’s defense got 5 turnovers and the offense was only able to convert one TD off those turnovers.
Trubisky On Steelers Offensive Mentality
On Tuesday, Trubisky mentioned that the Steelers offense needs that “killer mentality” when they’re presented the opportunity to extend a lead on opponents. This was Trubisky’s best play which came in OT when Pittsburgh needed it most…
Man, this was a great OT throw by Mitch Trubisky to Pat Freiermuth. I don't know how he even knew he was there. Looking left, quickly darts his eyes right, squares his shoulders, and makes a really good throw. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/RYehf3a2xG
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) September 14, 2022
The Patriots struggled mightily in week one at Miami. Mac Jones was 21-30 for 213 yards, with a TD and an interception. New England’s offense was only able to produce seven points in Miami which is a cause for concern for Patriot fans. New England will have Mac Jones for week two at Pittsburgh, after he suffered a mild back injury against the Dolphins. Also, the Patriots will not have to deal with the 2021 DPOY TJ Watt due to a chest injury that will have him out for around six weeks.
Mac Jones: “I definitely feel better today, and I want to be ready to play against Pittsburgh.”
Said he “wasn’t feeling too hot after the game.” Thinks the injury happened on the roughing the passer play. pic.twitter.com/TCRcb1YJeU
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) September 12, 2022
All signs point in the direction that QB Mac Jones will be the starter in week two. New England opened as a two point favorite in Pittsburgh which came as surprise to many. It will be interesting to see how this line moves throughout the week leading up to Sunday. The over/under is set at 40 as oddsmakers are predicting a low-scoring contest.
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