Patriots rolling as they prepare for Round 2 against Bills

Winston then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Evans to make it 27-14.

Jones also didn't win.

But momentum is a amusing thing, and even backup quarterbacks can find ways to shift it in their team's favor every now and then; that's exactly what Jones did with a 51-yard pass to Brown, followed by an exceptionally wonderful 14-yard pass to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who made an equally exceptional reception and feet plant in the back corner of the end zone to make it 14-7. "Obviously, it's AFC North football, so I want to do everything I can to be out there with my guys".

Pittsburgh backup quarterback Landry Jones played well at times while filling in for injured Ben Roethlisberger, who wore sweats on the sideline over his surgically repaired left knee and offered what advice he could. Jones saw wide receiver Antonio Brown in single coverage, but his lob was poorly underthrown. "Just trying to play ball and make some plays". "AB ran a good route". Jones spread the ball to eight different targets, never really pressured into quick reads or throws as New England's pass rush was a non-factor. The defending division champions piled up their most points since they beat the Browns 37-3 last December. It just should have been so much more. The Steelers' four trips to the end zone resulting in one score was the major difference on Sunday. A touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey in the second quarter was wiped out by a penalty. He also missed right on a 42-yard attempt in the second quarter after the Steelers got the ball near midfield following a short punt. One week after Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi gashed it for 204 yards, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 127 Sunday. "I mean, it is a small margin for error against a team like that".

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is one of the brightest minds in the NFL.

New England (6-1) remained ideal since Brady returned from his four-game "Deflategate" suspension and while the Patriots lost a pair of fumbles they also didn't throw an interception, making them the third team since 1960 to get through the first seven weeks of the season without throwing it to the other team, joining the 1960 Browns and 2008 Redskins. However, he played efficiently enough to help lead the Patriots to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that Brady has dominated.

Heyward said that when the Steelers cut the lead to four, it was time for the defense to step up and stop New England.

The defense is healthy as it's been in weeks as well.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier told reporters Sunday the Steelers' run defense was "garbage", to which Heyward said Shazier was being kind. "This is bad right now". And with the clock running down, his offense ran like the first rehearsal of a kindergarten play. They fell 16-27 to the Patriots, and it marked their second loss in a row. Defensive end Cam Heyward's hamstring too. Tight end Ladarius Green practiced for the first time since signing a four-year, $20 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

That's a lot of maybes, something Pittsburgh refuses to traffic in.

In a game in which the Pittsburgh Steelers were given little chance to win, they'll be kicking themselves during the bye week for a plethora of blown opportunities.

The timing of the off week for the Steelers probably couldn't get any better.

"I see him walking around and he's been looking good", Gilbert said. They compete very hard. He said pretty much the same thing when he was asked if he expected to practice next week.



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