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I guess you could call that a shellacking


There's no other way to describe Sunday's dismantling of the Steelers by the Patriots.

Whatever Tom Brady wanted to do, he did.

Whatever the Patriots defense wanted to do, it did.

The final score really did not indicate how bad it was.

Hines Ward's streak of consecutive games with at least a catch came to a painful end.

Yeah, nothing went right.

The Patriots' defense was supposed to be vulnerable. Their offense wasn't supposed to be as lethal.

Heck, the Browns beat this team. And the Browns beat the Saints, too.

What's that mean for the Steelers going forward?

Their line looks bad -- real bad.

The defense can't stop the pass. It's one thing for Drew Brees and all of his weapons to shred them. But Tom Brady doesn't have the talent at receiver that Brees does. Yet, Brady looked magnificent Sunday night.

Even Carson Palmer looked good against the Steelers last week.

There's no doubt injuries have taken a huge toll. But, as the sting of defeat starts to wear off, I look at the AFC North standings and see the Steelers tied for first place.

A date with the Raiders is on the horizon. A loss there, like last season, could send the season into a tailspin.

Let's hope it doesn't come to that.


  1. Nasty. Defense is the best offense so no matter what kind of offensive play you try to engage, it wouldn't work because of a great defense.


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