After another nightmare in New England for the Steelers, now what?


But the players in New England's room were not as tight-lipped when it came to the superstar wideout.

Not only was New England interested in trading for Brown back in March, they were offering the Steelers a first-round pick, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Most of Pittsburgh's big passing plays came in garbage time and against competitive coverage with the Pats secondary going without any big busts or letdowns in the backend.

"I'm 1 million percent in", Brady said.

Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were impressed.

The Steelers were utterly humiliated by the Patriots on Sunday Night Football to open the season.

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.

This offseason the Steelers signed Donte Moncrief to a two-year, $9 million contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus. He also completed passes to 7 different receivers. "It is hard to make phone calls with the power being out", he said. Looking back, it would have been better if Pittsburgh had just made the trade with the Patriots.

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So there it is: The NFL's best team got better over the weekend while the other three teams in the AFC East, the Patriots' supposed division rivals, looked like, well, like they always do: not even close to a threat to New England.

Jason McCourty rebounded nicely after giving up a big play.

The postgame interview on Monday was Gruden's first public comments since Brown left for New England. At halftime, Pittsburgh had limped to four first downs, one third-down conversion and 87 yards.

There's no doubt Antonio Brown understood the Patriots would be his next landing spot if the Raiders released him, which of course, they ultimately did. It's a nice start for a player who last season was a ideal 21/21 from 20-39 yards, with just two misses from 40-49 yards during the regular season, while hitting 2/5 from 50+.

There was never any doubt in any of his attempts, all of which hit right down the middle. His special teams' prowess is also noticeable which gives the Patriots another incentive to hold onto him.

It was obvious in the preseason that working out the kinks was a focus and Sunday night was about as ideal as you could have asked for. Of the players that did talk, few were willing to talk about their new teammate, who arrived at Gillette Stadium early in the morning.

The Patriots will now spend the week getting ready to travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins next Sunday afternoon.