Adversity Creates Attrition - An Ode to Tom Brady

Adversity Creates Attrition - An Ode to Tom Brady

The NFL's football players are increasingly using social media to build their brands, express their frustrations, and sell their condos, but the same familiarity shouldn't be expected from one of the game's most successful coaches. Other than Brady, New England's success has come without a true superstar, a compliment to the coaching staff of Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia that is unparalleled.

After the delay, Brown took responsibility, made his apology and focus can now shift to the heavyweight bout between the Steelers and the Patriots on Sunday. Andrews and Thuney have more high-end talent to deal with on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium, but it's also important that Andrews and Thuney play better in their own right - and that the offensive line plays better as a unit.

We'll assume Tom Brady plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen in this particular dragon quest.

The Steelers hosted the Patriots in Week 7 of the regular season and lost 27-16 as seven-point home underdogs, but they did not have starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under center because of a knee injury.

And when the Steelers have trouble passing, they lose. They are 16-3 in the postseason at home since 2001. If that's what it takes for us to get this upset, then sure, fine.

"At the quarterback position, you get used to it, when you play games, whether it's the AFC Championship Game or not, you hear a lot of talk about quarterback versus quarterback because that's the sexy way to talk about the game, I guess".

Slater said he continues to have respect for Tomlin and didn't think his comments would serve as any extra motivation.

Adversity Creates Attrition - An Ode to Tom Brady

Another B: The Steelers possess the Best defense still in the playoffs, certainly an asset against a Patriots offense that will need to be slowed and controlled when it's on the field.

This game is a battle between two great quarterbacks, but Brady's last two play-off appearances don't reflect that. On their special Sunday Playoff Xtra edition, they depict the Patriots as "The Evil Empire", set up inside a football-shaped Death Star. You know, you don't see anybody just come and hit him in the back. "It should be an interesting game going against those guys again".

"If we can make him feel uncomfortable and make him play a game he's not accustomed to, it's going to help out our defense and play the way we want to".

Last week (season) - straight up: 4-0 (166-97-2); against the spread 3-1 (134-120-9); best bets 1-0 (12-6). Now that is an incredible run, especially taking into consideration that New England was the favorite in 90 percent of those match-ups.

The Steelers have won nine consecutive games, while the Patriots have won eight in a row.

Almost three months later, Roethlisberger and Brady will see each other again. I don't think it's necessarily intimidation.

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