The New England Patriots will unveil their Super Bowl LIII banner If they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, Only live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.
This is exactly what to expect…
Pittsburgh (9-6-1 last year ) are considered a stable franchise. They stick with their trainers (Mike Tomlin is entering his 13th year ), draft nicely and do not generally make huge splashes in free agency and the transaction market.
So when Le’Veon Bell decided to sit out a season for much more money, and Antonio Brown argued with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, jumped practices and has been benched in Week 17 final season, the Steelers thankfully moved – even though each player is regarded among the very best in their positions.
What comes next for Pittsburgh after they missed the playoffs last season?
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s Patriots (11-5) won the Super Bowl, however potential Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski retired, they are without centre David Andrews indefinitely after he had been diagnosed with blood clots, plus they needed to place a wide receiver N’Keal Harry on Injured Reserve.
However, it is that the Patriots. Brady and Belichick acquired their first of six Super Bowl wins since a duo in 2001, and have been enjoying much-changed rosters every season. They have to be thought of favorites for still another year.
After Bell and Brown’s departures, anticipate huge seasons in James Conner – that stepped in and handled 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first year as rookie – and also JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is in line for a huge bump.
Already with Brown about, Smith-Schuster handled 111 captures, 1,426 yards and seven TDs. All of those numbers can go up. Or we might see how important Brown was in taking attention.
With Gronkowski projected newcomer Matt LaCosse limited in practice and gone, would Ryan Izzo be New England’s top tight end in Week One? He did not see the field (he had been IR) after being drafted in the seventh round a year, but Brady might be made to look his way.
Then there’s the Josh Gordon, who’s missed the majority of his profession due to drug-related suspensions. It has been a long time since he had among the best receiving seasons ever in 2013 (87-1,646-9 in just 14 games for Cleveland).
After missing a year to time, he’s reinstated back and also good to go. At 28, he should be entering his prime as a receiver, but can he step up and become a reliable goal for Brady?
After the Patriots lost two of their first three games last year, they looked rusty. In those games, they grew up 894 yards and only managed 511 of their own. How fast can Pittsburgh begin?
The Steelers were the last team to beat New England (a 17-10 win at Heinz Field in Week 15) so they are certainly built to challenge the champs, but they need to get themselves on top from the opening kickoff.
While Sony Michel was confined to just 59, in that match, Pittsburgh managed 142 yards. If the ball can be controlled by the Steelers and then create long drives to keep the ball from the hands of Brady, it will work in their own favor.
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