Given the rivalry the teams have forged in recent years, the New England Patriots' ability to move the ball on offense surprised Simms, as did their utter dominance on the defensive side. But this loss to New England takes their slow start to a whole new level. The star receiver's tenure with the Steelers also ended in controversy.
Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, including a 58-yard score, and Josh Gordon - another receiver who wore out his welcome elsewhere - caught one TD pass. Ben Roethlisberger's unit converted 3 of 12 times on third down, and on 1 of 3 fourth down attempts.
The comparisons between Brown and Moss have been made. Sundays during the regular season are not considered a business day for transactions in the National Football League, which is why the Steelers' decision to waive Tuzar Skipper last Saturday meant his 24-hour waiver period wouldn't expire until 4 p.m. on Monday. And coincidentally, the Patriots were confident enough in their ability to sign him that they apparently didn't even offer a late-round pick for a player they offered a first-round pick to get from the Steelers five months ago. "He's going to have to figure out his own way, just like everybody else has". Then they tried to brush off news about a player they wouldn't be playing. So, the point is we've got a lot of players that are talented and we've just got to figure out how to make it all work.
"Also, the Patriots, Super Bowl winners past year, their defense is absolutely better".
Most of Pittsburgh's big passing plays came in garbage time and against competitive coverage with the Pats secondary going without any big busts or letdowns in the backend. Fans often choose to criticize Coach Mike Tomlin by invoking the accomplishments of Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher, but both of those men were in charge of teams that looked every bit as bad as the current team did on Sunday night.