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Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Patriots Notes

Our game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday evening.

First Half

– Kick return unit. Front line. Moats-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Fort. Golden behind. Conner/Walton/Nix the wedge with Grimble replacing Conner after his injury. JuJu/Fitz the KRs.

Roosevelt Nix. The hero we need. This from the opening kick.

– Would’ve been a huge run for Le’Veon Bell. But he slips. Bummer.

– Punt coverage. Brian Allen and DHB the gunners. Watt-Fort-Canaday-Matakevich-Chick up front. Nix/Davis the wings, Golden the upback.

Artie Burns has to get depth here on this three deep zone. A one man route that goes for 43 yards? Ughhhh.

Antonio Brown worked this scramble drill twice. Sat down on a curl for this hitch/wheel. Play broke down so he pivoted outside and then back inside for what turned out to be a 19 yard gain. Amazing.

– Punt return unit. Golden-Fort-DHB-Nix-Chick-Fort-Fitz. Sutton/Burns as one set of jammers, Brian Allen the other.

– Like last year, poor rush lane contain on third and short. Tom Brady slides to his right, keeps the play alive, completes the pass.

Second Half

Chris Hubbard with a vicious pancake on the edge. Clear out that corner.

– Le’Veon Bell still getting skinny through the hole. Good run out of his end zone.

– When William Gay played safety after Sean Davis covered Gronk, he almost always rolled down to be the Robber with Mike Mitchell playing single high behind.

Mike Mitchell’s depth was too deep on the final drive. Couldn’t close on throws to Gronk over the middle.

– JuJu’s gotta take a knee in the end zone. He made up for it but wasted time and yards.

Speaking of kick returns, probably going to do a video on this later in the week, the blocking was terrible. Not really JuJu’s/Fitz’s fault.

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