5 Bold Predictions for New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Patriots defensive backs will have four interceptions
The Patriots will take complete and utter control of this game by way of the turnover battle. The Pats won’t turn the ball over on offense, and a heated pass rush will force Jones into four interceptions.
We already spoke of Jones; he is going to nab a pick in the fourth quarter for his first career NFL interception.
In each quarter of this game, a Patriots defensive back will get his hands on a pass intended for Steelers targets.
The first quarter will see Malcolm Butler earn his first interception of the 2016 season. The third-year, contract-year pro is due for a pick, especially after letting one go through his hands last week against the Bengals.
On the other side of the field, Butler’s cornerback partner Logan Ryan will snag his first pick of the year in the second quarter. The safety help of Devin McCourty over the top allows Ryan to take chances on short and intermediate routes, and like Butler, Ryan is due for a pick after letting a deflection fall to the ground a few feet away from him last Sunday.
Speaking of McCourty, D-Mac will get his mitts on an overthrown deep ball in the third quarter to break an interception dry spell that dates back to Week 3 of last season.
Now, let’s shift your attention toward the Patriots’ offense…
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