Sunday’s result was a victory for Bill Belichick’s side, 17-14.
Here’s a sneak peek at what happened at 1 p.m. EST at Acrisure Stadium as visitors went home with a record 1-1.
From X-rays to illness, Jones threw 252 yards
Week two of the regular season started with a background X-ray and quarterback Mac Jones became ill. But the New England starter ended it off the injury report and on the field, completing 21 of 35 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Nine connections for a distance of 95 yards to the wide receiver Jakobi Meyers were among them. So was a snapshot in the deep coverage that Aman Minka Fitzpatrick came up with. The scramble for 3rd and 2nd will be in the cards as well. After exposure to a pair of axial protection faults vs. Miami DolphinJones was not fired.
The Pittsburgh defense had named NFL Player of the Year, Joe Burrow, on four occasions and fired him on seven occasions the previous Sunday. However, a unit without TJ Watt would be the best defensive player of 2021, who recently moved to the reserve with a torn pectoral muscle that won’t require surgery.
Ride provides a sudden change
What could have been a touchdown or safety became a touchdown rebound after the Steelers started Sunday with a hat-trick and an exit. Miles Bryant chased the ball into the warning lane, but the third-year defensive linebacker avoided controlling the ball as it entered the end zone.
But the Patriots responded with 13 games, 71 yards, which scored a field goal. Bryant, who provided hole coverage in addition to the scare, returned his next bet for 16 yards before the break.
Gunner Olszewski looked black and gold. A muffled kick for the 2020 All-Pro first team followed in the third quarter. Apprentice Brenden Schouler was there to get him back to New England. The sudden change led to a 17-6 lead.
Replacing the ingenuity of Montgomery
New England moved back from Ty Montgomery to the injured reserve as preparations for Pittsburgh began. And in the absence of the veteran, who handled three catches, two catches, and one kick plus a touchdown in the opening game, the stable moved forward with what it was.
Starter Damien Harris turned 15 deliveries into a sprinting 71 yards, two throws at 16 yards and a touchdown landing. Rhamondre Stevenson was a change of pace 51 yards from the melee with 10 combined touches. The third defeats were split between tandems. Such was the four-minute offense to grind the seconds away.
Record heights were not made by the coaching staff on the eve of the trainee. But rookie Pierre Strong Jr will be active in his NFL debut. The fourth-round pick from South Dakota State took his initial comeback from the end zone and took the next to the Patriots 28. That role was in the hands of physical safety Kyle Duger to start Sunday before he left with a knee injury. His is questionable.
New England corner move
Cornerback Marcus Jones found himself among the inactive of New England 90 minutes before kick-off. But fellow rookie Jack Jones and sophomore student Shaun Wade, who both featured in three games last season, found themselves with the green light for the 85th overall pick. They were putting together a group that started with the big nickel and with Jonathan Jones and Jalen Mills in the outside corner.
Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubesky went 21 of 33 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and one interception from there.
March averaged 5.1 yards per attempt and was picked up by Mills late in the first quarter. The turnover came on the advice of linebacker Mac Wilson Sr., which was meant for wide receiver Deontay Johnson. The All-Pro selection for the second ruling team subsequently earned a two-point conversion for Mills after Pat Freymouth’s tight result.
Bourne reappears on the day of Agollor in the pick-up arrangement
“I just want to do everything I have to do right,” Kendrick Bourne told reporters, after the match finished playing two offensive shots and looking at his 41-yard solo appearance. The wide receiver ended up with two 16-yard receivers against the Steelers. His energy was in the assembly early in the initial leadership. But a first pass was caught in second and sixth places one minute before the end of the break. Later, the contested shift was wiped out with a penalty kick on center and captain David Andrews.
Three others got the starting nod at the spacious New England auditorium on Sunday. Aside from Myers’ security blanket, these starters were DeVante Parker and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. The first was turned into again when intercepting the jump ball and finished with a catch. The latter had an 11-yard pickup after signing from the coaching staff to the 53-man roster.
Nelson Agulor, who also started on the sideline, picked up an Akello Witherspoon face mask from the right corner for a 44-yard touchdown. It was one of six catches in the afternoon. For the seventh time in Aguluor’s career, the afternoon was also a century away.
Eyes on Pittsburgh No. 22
Steelers running back Nagy Harris had the football in his hands 381 times during his rookie year in the Pro Bowl. The Alabama producer picked up the ball 20 times on Sunday while sustaining a foot injury. The folder started from the first down.
New Englander Davon Godshaw, Lawrence Gay and Dietrich Wise Jr. started along the defensive line. As for No. 22, he averaged three yards per touch in the first half. He finished with a 49-yard dash and a 40-yard pickup behind a group of blockers that ceded three sacks.
Those sacks arrived through defensive tackle courtesy of Christian Barmore, outside quarterback Matthew Godon and 2019 Detroit Lions Draft pick Jahlani Tavai, who piloted a Class 3 pickup for the first time as a Patriot.