Questions concerning the New England Patriots‘ offense arose earlier in the year, but the way Tom Brady performed against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday will lay all those questions to rest. Brady had both Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola at his disposal this weekend, so it’s no wonder he finished the game with 432 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The Steelers tried making a few comeback attempts in the fourth quarter, but an 81-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Aaron Dobson sealed the 55-31 Patriots victory. Both teams’ offenses played well, but the Patriots had the most well-rounded offense of the two. A big reason for that was the running of Steven Ridley and company that allowed the Patriots to have a season-high 197 rushing yards.
Gronkowski and Dobson were the two receivers who shone the most on Sunday as they combined for 273 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Brady finally has all of his receiving threats healthy and on the field, and if they can stay healthy and continue to play like they did against the Steelers, Bill Belichick could be vying for his fourth Super Bowl championship come winter.
Although Ben Roethlisberger had an impressive day throwing the ball, the Patriots’ defense didn’t play too poorly as the unit came away with two interceptions and five sacks. The Steelers did average 5.4 yards per rush, but they accumulated just 108 rushing yards as a team and had only two notable runs all day.
After their victory over the Steelers, the Patriots enter Week 10 on a bye and will be facing the rapidly improving Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in two weeks. The Patriots are historically good coming off a bye week, and given they just roughed up the Steelers fans should be prepared for the Patriots to begin taking the league by storm and develop into a Super Bowl contender once again.