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First Half Thoughts From the Steelers Trailing the Patriots 14-10 at Heinz Field

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The way the first half looked, the Steelers appear to be lucky only down 14-10, as they trail the Patriots after being down early 14-0. Landry Jones settled into a nice groove late in the half, a14nd it looks like the game could come down to the wire if the Steelers can continue to play tough D in the second half.

Here’s some first half thoughts on what the Steelers have been able to and not able to do against the Patriots.

* Jones is doing the job, overcoming an early first quarter interception that could have been a huge lift after the Steelers got a turnover that could have given him an early lead. The backup to Big Ben is 14-for-20 for 179 yards with a TD and pick, and while he had some ugly moments, overall he’s put the team in a position to have the lead or at least a tie, but a flag on what would have been the tying TD was called back. He needs a duplicate effort in the second half.

* The D held Pats TE’s Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett to just one catch, and have done a nice job against them. The D needs to do the same in the second half, and while other Pats pass catchers have done the job, holding those two in check has been a key reason New England’s offense went from unstoppable to just average after scoring the first 14 points of the game.

* Having some pressure on Brady has been a monster key as to why he started and looked like he wouldn’t miss a pass, to just throwing 13-for-18 for 123 yards with a TD and no picks. If the Steelers can find a way to pressure him and get a sack or two, that would be great. He’s been able to escape pressure and even run for a couple of first downs which was ugly to say the least, but at the same time, if Brady is running, he’s not throwing downfield, which means the secondary is doing a good job. The Steelers do need to find a way to stop Julian Edelman who has seven grabs.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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