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|Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:13 am Post subject: Tom Brady doesn't defeat the Steelers with his arm
|After five meetings with the Patriots quarterback, defensive end Cam Heyward knows that Brady wins plays as he stands over center."He breaks you down before the play’s even snapped," Heyward said.
Brady has had a special kind of success against Pittsburgh. His passer rating of 114.2 against the Steelers is his highest http://www.officialauthenticpackersstore.com/Nike-Brett-Hundley-Jersey.html among NFL opponents he has played more than five times. In his past seven games against Pittsburgh, Brady has 22 touchdowns, zero interceptions and six wins.
A catalyst for that success is Brady's ability to play the chess game at the line of scrimmage, placing the onus on Mike Tomlin, the Steelers defensive staff and the team's veteran players to set their best game plan of the season.
Traditionally, Brady has been ready for most anything Pittsburgh throws his way. Pittsburgh caused Brady problems in a 2011 win with a variation of man coverage, which the Steelers say they are equipped to run in 2017.
But generally, Brady knows that he can find completions based on the defense's look, and he can step through the pass rush, Heyward said. He makes the appropriate checks at the line of scrimmage and knows what plays work well against Pittsburgh.
The Steelers' ability to adapt, both in game prep and in real time, could decide which team gets home-field advantage for the playoffs."You have to be willing to play the game with him, have some checks for him," Heyward said. "But at the same time, you Jay Cutler Jersey want to be able to not be dictated to but dictate to him."
Mike Tomlin has delivered that message to his defense, which believes it has emerged from last year's AFC title game loss to New England bigger -- and stronger. Pittsburgh ranks in the NFL's top six in scoring defense, passing defense and sacks. The loss of Ryan Shazier to a spinal injury has left Pittsburgh scrambling for help at inside linebacker, but the potential return of corner Joe Haden would bolster the secondary.
To validate that newfound strength, the Steelers must combat Brady's ability to change the pace of the offense. Tomlin considers that an "awesome" part of Brady's game, especially when fully stocked with an arsenal of running Earl Thomas III Authentic Jersey backs who can http://www.officialcavaliershop.com/authentic-14-terrell-brandon-jersey.html take handoffs or line up wide.
The Steelers struggled with Brady's no-huddle offense last year in Foxboro, something defensive end Tyson Alualu, a former Jacksonville Jaguar, understands. The first-year Steeler remembers Brady once breaking off a frenzied, 14-play scoring drive against Jacksonville that left him uneasy.