The Pittsburgh Steelers have learned from their aggressive mistakes against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Pittsburgh’s scheme was far more aggressive during last season’s matchup between the two teams and Brady picked apart the defense while under pressure. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Brady went 8-for-10 with four touchdowns when the Steelers sent at least five rushers in that game.
The Steelers have taken a far more conservative approach when defending Brady Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh hasn’t been blitzing Brady whatsoever, and it’s been working somewhat well. Brady hasn’t carved up the secondary like he did last season, but he still has 167 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
The Steelers are doing their best to keep up with the Patriots without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Landry Jones has thrown for 184 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first start of the season as the Steelers trail 20-13 midway through the third quarter.