Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his six Super Bowl
rings are making headlines again. The NFL started the whole thing.
The 100th season starts on Thursday night with the game between the Chicago Bears and Green bay Packers.
31 other teams will do their best to win the Super Bowl in February. The NFL opened the season with an image featuring one player from each team. Brady represents the Patriots, and we can’t ignore his rings.
The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski in the offseason, and
made some changes to the roster. They are considered favorites, but Sam Teets from
Clutch Points isn’t really optimistic about the team’s
game against the Steelers.
Steelers have the best pass rush in the NFL over the past two seasons.
Pittsburgh tied the Kansas City Chiefs for
the most sacks in the league last season with 52. Back in 2017, the Steelers
beat out the Jacksonville Jaguars for
the sack crown with 56.
“Pittsburgh’s pass rushers have been on a tear the last two
seasons and they’re only getting better. T.J. Watt is entering his third season
and is looking to take another step in his development. Cameron Heyward is now
clearly in his prime. Bud Dupree is entering a contract year and will be
motivated to up his production. Even nose tackle, Javon Hargrave had a career
year in 2018.
“The Patriots always cobble together a good offensive line to protect Tom Brady. I think the Steelers have enough firepower to blast through and get to Brady with regularity though.”
He also believes that Patriots tight
ends will have zero catches.
“The big story this offseason for the Patriots was Rob
Gronkowski retiring. The four-time First-Team All-Pro was limited with injuries
last season, but he was still a key part of the offense. Gronkowski made 47
receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns last season.
“In years past, Gronkowski tortured the Steelers with big plays.
In his limited state, he was held to two receptions and 21 yards against
Pittsburgh last season. It’s no coincidence that the Patriots lost the game.
“New England did sign Benjamin Watson in the offseason, but he
was suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The 14-year veteran is also in the concussion protocol after taking a nasty hit
in the preseason. The team also added Lance Kendricks, but he is suspended for
one game due to the league’s substance-abuse policy as well.
“That leaves the Patriots with Ryan Izzo, who has never caught
an NFL pass and Matt LaCosse, who is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Expect
the running backs to absorb the targets usually given to the tight ends.”