The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers
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The New England Patriots trolled the Pittsburgh Steelers
FOXBOROUGH Ben Powers Jersey , Mass. (AP) — on Saturday and then blew them out Sunday night.A day after the acquiring former Steelers malcontent Antonio Brown, the reigning Super Bowl champions showed they might not even need him, getting 341 yards and three touchdown passes from 42-year-old Tom Brady to beat Pittsburgh 33-3.“Well, he’s the best in the world,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “There’s a reason he’s the best when he’s out there doing his thing.”Article continues below ...Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, including a 58-yard score, and Josh Gordon — another receiver who wore out his welcome elsewhere — caught one TD pass. On the night New England unveiled its sixth NFL championship banner http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...all-jersey , Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman caught six passes for 83 yards and also completed a throw to help the Patriots begin their title defense.No one has won back-to-back NFL titles since New England did it in 2003 and ’04.“We were so locked in on the moment. We were locked in because we knew of the expectations,” defensive back Duron Harmon said. “We knew that when we had the opportunity to play the Steelers, on opening night, with the banner raising, we were going to do everything possible to prepare the right way.”Facing the last team to beat them, back in Week 15 last year, the Patriots opened a 20-0 lead before Pittsburgh kicked a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 10:17 left in the third quarter. Brady responded with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Dorsett and a 27-3 lead.Dorsett had four catches for 95 yards and the first multi-score game of his career. He will be moving down the depth chart Monday when the Patriots are expected to make Brown’s signing official.“He’s a playmaker Trace McSorley Jersey ,” Edelman said. “The more playmakers you have, the more dynamic we can be.”The move couldn’t be welcome in Pittsburgh. Unable to get Brown to behave, the Steelers refused to trade the disgruntled diva to New England only to see him wind up with the team that has reached the AFC championship game eight straight seasons.“Whatever,” Roethlisberger said“Didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it or dwelling on it,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “I’m not specifically worried about anything relative to Antonio Brown.”Roethlisberger completed 27 of 47 passes for 277 yards and an interception, though 116 of the yards came on non-scoring drives in the fourth quarter with the Steelers down four scores. The offense showed the effects of losing two of its biggest playmakers: Brown, who talked and tweeted his way out of both Pittsburgh and Oakland in one offseason Ed Oliver Jersey , and running back Le’Veon Bell, a two-time All-Pro who sat out all of last season to avoid a franchise tag.In their place, James Conner gained 21 yards on 10 carries; the Steelers gained only 32 yards rushing in all. Top receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 78 yards, 26 of it coming on one throw in the final six minutes with the Steelers already trailing 33-3.The drive ended when Roethlisberger threw it into the end zone from the 41-yard line and was picked off by Devin McCourty.The Steelers had five full possessions in the first half and punted on four of them, going three-and-out three times.“We got our butts whooped,” defensive tackle Cameron Heyward said.AB NEGATIVEBrown, who asked for and was granted his release by Oakland on Saturday morning and then agreed to terms with the Patriots in the afternoon http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/auth...ord-jersey , and was not yet eligible to play.There was no sign of him at the stadium. The Patriots are expected to announce on Monday the one-year deal that will guarantee the four-time All-Pro $9 million. Asked about it during his postgame news conference, coach Bill Belichick didn’t even allow a reporter to finish his question.“Do you have any comment on the reports … ““No,” Belichick interrupted. “Next.”“Of Antonio Brown …”“Next,” Belichick said.BANNER NIGHTThe Patriots made room for another Super Bowl memento above their south end zone.The team unveiled their sixth championship banner before the game in a ceremony that included fireworks and a highlight video projected onto a screen covering much of the field.Drew Bledsoe, Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Rob Ninkovich and Martellus Bennett brought out the first five Lombardi Trophies. Owner Robert Kraft brought out the one the team won in February by beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 — the one that was dented by Rob Gronkowski when he used it for batting practice at the Boston Red Sox opener.Kraft received a big cheer from the fans Devin Singletary Jersey , who seemed unbothered by charges that he solicited prostitution in a Florida massage parlor. Gronkowski, who retired in March, also received a loud cheer.INJURIESSteelers: Linebacker T.J. Watt left with a hip injury and did not return.Patriots: Linebacker Marcus Cannon had a shoulder injury.UP NEXTSteelers: Host the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.Patriots: Visit Miami next Sunday. On Tuesday night the Washington Redskins and the Kansas City Chiefs sent shockwaves through the NFL by completing a blockbuster trade that sent Alex Smith to the Redskins for a second round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith is just the first domino to fall this offseason, but the timing of this move is what made it shocking. Teams normally do not trade the week of the Super Bowl and the trade can not even become official until the new league year begins on March 14. This move definitely means the Redskins are moving on from Kirk Cousins who they drafted in 2012 and started the last few seasons.They never seemed fully committed to Cousins because they made him play on the franchise tag in back to back years. He will now be looking for a big money contract elsewhere and the money is probably the reason why Washington did not commit to him in the first place. Cousins is reportedly looking to set the market benchmark for quarterbacks and he will sign one of the biggest contracts of all-time. It still remains to be seen if he is worth all that money, but he proved to be a capable starter during his time in Washington. There are plenty of teams who are desperate for better quarterback play, so he should not have trouble finding a suitor. Here are the 8 best spots he would love to sign with and 7 he should stay away from.
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