The New England Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Pittsburgh, for week two. They’ve been given a huge break for this game. Injuries are never a good thing in the NFL, but they should benefit the Patriots on Sunday.
Steelers’ star pass rusher and reigning defensive player of the year, TJ Watt, is set to miss around a month with a pectoral injury. He suffered this injury in their week one thriller against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Watt had 22.0 sacks this year, which is for many players, three years worth of sacks in just one. He’s an absolute force an someone who needs to be accounted for on every play. New England won’t have to deal with his skillset on Sunday, though. After their week one loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots need to get back on track.
They’ll travel to Pittsburgh for this game, making that two straight away trips before their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Even though TJ Watt is out, New England is going to have to be their best for week two.
Pittsburgh has always been a tough place to play, and the Steelers still have some absolute studs on the defensive side of the ball to account for. Myles Jack, Cam Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick are all players that need the Patriots’ attention.
The offensive line is going to have to be on their A game as well. Giving Mac Jones time to throw is huge for week two. It’s huge for every week, but knowing that the Patriots could potentially fall to 0-3 after their home opener against the Ravens makes week two a near must-win.
TJ Watt won’t be on the field for this game, which cannot be overstated enough. This should present a huge advantage to the Patriots’ offensive line, and it’s something that they must take advantage of.