Lost in the Patriots offensive outburst against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the play of their defense.
Even though they forced three turnovers – two in the first quarter and one late in the fourth quarter – the Patriots defense still allowed 31 points, the most they have given up all season.
Michael Felger, Troy Brown and Mike Flynn talked about the defense’s performance after the Patriots 55-31 win over the Steelers.
“I think there were some mistakes there, we saw some coverage issues,” Flynn said. “It didn’t bother them here, didn’t hurt them here because they scored a lot of points. But that’s been one thing that has been consistent now, they’re giving up yards on the ground. You get a team that can control the clock a little bit, use play action, games are closer obviously, their setting tone at the line of scrimmage. That can come back to haunt them in future games.”
With Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo out for the season, the Patriots have been susceptible to the run in recent weeks.
“It’s been a consistent thing over the past three or four weeks that they’ve given up over 100 yards rushing,” Brown said. “And as I like to say, playoff time you’ve got to be stout against the run. Teams take you for a punk when you are not stout against the run.”