The Patriots road to the Super Bowl could first go through Pittsburgh and if that's the case it may not reach the Super Bowl.
That's what Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart believes if the Pats are in fact paired up with the Steelers in the Wild Card round.
Check out what he said on UNO's Sports Tonight:
"I think the Steelers are by far the worst matchup - and they may not make it so you might not have to worry about it," Hart said. "But you look at a) Roethlisberger. What he can do in terms of keeping plays alive. Patriots have got no pass rush, and you're going to ask that secondary toc over for three, four, five, six seconds? But more importantly, it's the defense. It's nowhere near the 49ers, but that is stilla physical defense that bangs you around. To me, that's the biggest issue here. If you play the Steelers in the first round, I firmly believe you won't go to the Super Bowl. And it won't be because you lose to them, it'll be because the hangover having to put three games in a row after the first one is a dogfight where you get beat up."
The Patriots sent their 61st overall pick to the Saints on Friday night in exchange for the 78th and 112th overall picks.
That addresses a large gap the Patriots would have had after they selected at 96. Previously, the Patriots were going to wait 100 selections - until late in the fifth - before they were on the clock again.
Now they are in position to get a body in that stretch. Their picks are now 78, 91, 96, 112, 196, 204, 208, 214, 221, 243 and 250.
Barring more trades, the Patriots will end their night with four new players.
Kevin Millar, John Farrell and Sean McAdam talk about Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for PED violations.
The addition of Cyrus Jones means the Patriots now have a young corner with ball skills to add to their stable of capable corners.
Malcolm Butler, obviously, is their lead corner and – with him being a restricted free agent after this season – will be sticking around.
Logan Ryan was the starter on the other side with rookie Justin Coleman showing some ability late in the season after coming into the league undrafted.
Jones is a shorter corner – 5-10 – so he may have some slot corner relevance. He’s also a very good punt returner, taking back four for touchdowns last year. The Patriots have been relying for years on Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to take back punts so Jones – once he’s up to speed with the return game and expectations in Foxboro – figures to be dropped into that capacity as well.
Daryl Roberts, a seventh-round pick from Marshall, is also on the roster as is E.J. Biggers, a former Eagle signed as a free agent.
With Jones, Ryan and Butler, the team has three corners with very good ball skills.