When Hines Ward asserted, in essence, that the Patriots didn't need him in order to the beat the Steelers, Tom E. Curran felt that said all that was needed to be said about the leaky New England secondary.
"It's pretty damning when you have one of the receivers from the other team saying, 'You know what? They didn't need me,' " CSNNE.com's Patriots Insider told Mike Giardi on 'SportsNet Central' on Wednesday. " 'I know the Pats were the No. 1 seed in the AFC going into the game, I know it's a game that might determine ultimately which team plays the AFC championship at home, but we had it. We were all set because they had Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams running around out there.'
"That's damning right there . . . and the problem is, it's one thing to be bad in Weeks 1, 2 and 3, but to regress to the point the Patriots' pass defense has in Week 8 is concerning. Because this is the point at which you need to be building to a crescendo. Bill Belichick talks about November and December; right now his pass defense is in such disarray that Ben Roethlisberger's throwing it half-a-hundred times against them.
"The Patriots are going to have to outscore everybody down the stretch, I think."