FOX Sports 1 (FoxSports1) Sunday, October 16, 2018 9:07:31The New England Patriots were able to limit the Pittsburgh Steelers to a field goal in Sunday’s game.
The win gave the Patriots an 8-5 record and the AFC East lead heading into Week 4.
They’ll head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a wild card playoff game on Thursday night.
Here’s what you need to know…
The Patriots defense has been dominant in the AFC since Week 1.
They’ve allowed just nine touchdowns and two interceptions in that span.
The defense has allowed just three passing touchdowns in those games.
It’s been a slow start to the season for the Patriots.
They haven’t scored more than 14 points in any game since Week 8, and they’ve been on the road for seven of those seven.
In Week 2, they allowed five points in the first quarter.
The Steelers defense is starting to come around.
They allowed just two touchdowns and one interception in Week 1, and have allowed just one touchdown and two turnovers in their past two games.
Pittsburgh’s defense has also been able to slow down the running game for the Steelers.
The Steelers offense has been able the pass at will, but they’ve struggled to score when the pass has been open.
The Patriots’ offense has scored just once in its past five games.
They have just one scoring drive this season.
The defense has looked a lot better on the ground.
Pittsburgh has been averaging just 3.8 yards per carry.
That’s the third-lowest average for any team in the NFL.
The offense is averaging a little more than 7 yards per rush.
The Patriots have been averaging over 9 yards per run for each of the past three games.
The New Orleans Saints have struggled against the Patriots this season, and the Patriots defense hasn’t looked as dominant as the Saints have this season in the trenches.
The Saints have allowed four touchdowns on 34 rushes this season and have been sacked on just 21 of those rushes.
New Orleans has been the better team on the field in the two losses.
The Seahawks and Panthers have allowed touchdowns on 26 of their past 28 passing attempts.
New Orleans has allowed five touchdowns on the season on the way to allowing just one rushing touchdown.
The Saints have also been struggling to find their offensive identity.
New England has scored 10 touchdowns in its last four games, and it hasn’t scored on the Saints’ 20th drive of the season.