The New England Patriots marched out of Heinz Field in Week 7 with a decisive 27-16 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the double-digit win was far from the high-flying smackdown many predicted from the Patriots offense and the team’s defense that went against backup quarterback Landry Jones while Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined recovering from knee surgery.
It wasn’t until midway through the third quarter when New England eliminated all doubt from the game. Quarterback Tom Brady found tight end Rob Gronkowski streaking down the left hash marks for a 36-yard touchdown to give New England a 20-13 lead — Gronkowski’s franchise-record-tying 68th career touchdown — and the Patriots never looked back.
When head coach Bill Belichick addressed reporters, he revealed it took everything his Patriots team had to escape Week 7 with their third straight win.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) October 26, 2016
New England will need a full tank against the Buffalo Bills, hungry to sweep the Patriots and close the gap in the AFC East to one game.
The Bills handed the Patriots their only loss of the season in Week 4, a 16-0 drubbing with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center.