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The Patriots will probably be overmatched in Pittsburgh this weekend. Slowly but surely people are starting to realize what Randy Moss meant to the Patriots offense.
What has Wes Welker done since Moss' departure? In the past four games, Welker has 18 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns.
Tom Brady also looks awfully similar to the quarterback everybody remembers from before 2007, when the team traded for Moss. That's not to take anything away from him, but a huge statistical difference exists between Brady pre-Moss and Brady with Moss.
So why is he a pick this week? Because the Patriots are going to be competitive, even if they're overmatched against the Steelers. And they're not going to compete against a team that has allowed just 58.2 yards per game on the ground by running the ball.
So Brady will throw the ball a lot against a Steelers defense that only ranks 24th against opposing teams' pass attacks. Start Brady with confidence this week, even against the top-ranked defense in the NFL playing at home.