Brady has won six of seven games against the Steelers, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards and 14 touchdowns. His passer rating against Pittsburgh is an impressive 104.8.
Despite having a top defense on a yearly basis, Brady and the Patriots always seem to have their way against Pittsburgh.
Why? Brady’s accuracy, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
“He is just very good physically and mentally,” Tomlin said. “He is very talented in both areas. He is tough to trick, he makes quick decisions, he has pinpoint accuracy and he has the arm to do the things he desires to.”
Brady can find his target anywhere on the field, even with minimal space between a defensive back and the receiver.
No wonder Brady can shred the Steelers, since the quickness of the Patriots receivers as well as the athleticism of their tight ends provide a favorable matchup against Pittsburgh’s defensive backs. He gets the ball out before the Steelers’ pass rush can get to him.
The other advantage that New England has is their detail to preparation, as explained by Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
“New England adapts week-to-week to their opponent better than anyone in the league on both sides of the ball,” Williamson said. “Where I think the Steelers are more like ‘We’re the Steelers, and we’re just better than you are.”
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