The Steelers' Sunday night showdown with the Patriots quickly devolved into a clunker. The passing attack, sans new Patriot Antonio Brown, was limited to quick-hit passes. Receivers outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington were either drop-prone or were dropped to the turf right after the catch. The run game, a catalyst in last December's 17-10 triumph against New England, was nonexistent. And a seemingly turbo charged defense -- speedier linebackers, a deeper assortment of corners -- was eviscerated by a Patriots squad no longer employing Rob Gronkowski, while starting a safety from the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.
Hey, at least Chris Boswell connected on a field goal.
The game, to put it mildly, was an abject disaster. But just where does the Steelers' 33-3 setback to kick off the 2019 season rank in terms of their historical struggles with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the unkillable Patriots? Let's take a closer and look.