They're gonna have to get consistent pressure with the front 5 and cover with the rest. I haven't seen NE play this season, are they going with a lot of 4 & 5 wrs?
I imagine LeBeau will be determined to not allow another 400+ week for young Matt Camel.
I've watched 2 or 3 of their games and I'd say at this point of the season, their doesn't appear to be much difference between the offense they were running for Brady to the offense their marching out there for Cassandra.
IIRC, this past week against the Fins, they threw something like 15 out of their first 17 plays and were in shotgun most of the time. Cassandra was pretty accurate and made good decisions, but he's easily flustered. He doesn't like to get hit so getting pressure is key (obv). I'd feel much
more comfortable in this one if McFadden and Townsend were available. Those guys are going to test the secondary and I'd be pretty surprised if Pittsburgh holds them to less than 300 yards passing because that's pretty much all they do. Pittsburgh should be able to maintain that #1 against the rush stat after this week because any rushing they do seems to be done purely to give their WRs a breather.
I'm also interested to see if Matt Light gets suspended for that little skirmish he had with Channing Crowder. Even if he does, I'd expect them to appeal so he could play in this game and then accept the ruling afterwards as their schedule gets much easier after this week (@ SEA; @ OAK; vs. ZONA; @ BUF).
Really, this is a must win game and as I've mentioned on a coupla other threads/message boards, the next 3 games are huge.
If Pittsburgh expects to be considered among the best the Conference has to offer and most importantly
, a legit playoff contender
, they need to go 2-1 over the next three, at a minimum.
ATM, they control their own destiny. A one game lead in the division and with a win against Balty in three weeks, the tiebreaker over them. They can't let up now and they definitely can't stumble against a NE team that will likely be in the playoff wildcard mix too.
It's simple, really.
Win. Just win.
They win, they don't have to worry about what anybody else is doing. Those teams will have to worry about Pittsburgh is doing.
Time to man up and show the rest of the league what they've got.
Multiple looks. Mix things up. Pressure. Execute. And, punch them in the fucking mouth.