Bill Belichick teams traditionally start peaking after Thanksgiving. This offense, which consistently has struggled all year, still has the pieces in place to carry the team when necessary. (Like this week.) Rob Gronkowski looks faster than ever and set a career record for catches in a game with nine. He was one of three receivers to go for more than 100 yards, including Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson. Stevan Ridley was given the chance to carry the load, and he ran with power and vision all game.
It's amazing how much better New England's offense looks when all its best players are on the field. Brady, who has missed a lot of passes all season, completed a number of difficult throws outside the numbers.
Here's what else we learned:
- This was a typical Ben Roethlisberger 2013 game. He threw for 400 yards and four touchdown passes to go with two picks. He wasn't the reason the Steelers lost, but he left too many throws on the field. He wasn't on the same page with his wideouts. This Steelers have a small margin for error, and Big Ben needs to be closer to perfect.