Belichick has a lot of respect for Steelers

One of the best games this week — maybe the best game this week — is Pittsburgh at New England.

And after listening to Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday, it became obvious why he views this as such a tough matchup for his team.

“Watching the Steelers, they are a pretty impressive football team,” Belichick said. “They certainly do a lot of things well. You see their defense ranked at the top of the league in just about everything: rushing, passing, points, third down, red area. Nobody has gotten 300 yards against them and about half of their possessions are three and out. They are really solid across the board.

“It is no one man band. They are good at everything. The front, the linebackers, the secondary – they mix it up on you quite a bit. They are very good.

“Offensively, they have a lot of good players — very skilled players at the wide receiver position [and] an excellent tight end with (Heath) Miller. The backs are tough. (Ben) Roethlisberger brings a dimension of the game not just passing but running and staying alive in the pocket with his size and vision to go down field with scrambles.

“They are an excellent coverage team -– they lead the league in kickoff coverage, third in punt coverage, five yards of punt return. So, they do a good job with field position and putting their defense in a good situation. Defensively, they usually hold up their end of the bargain too.

“It is a big challenge for us this week. There’s a lot to get ready for in all three phases of the game. The Steelers are really sound. They are well coached, they are tough and they are a hard team to beat. You have to go out there and play well and do things well against them. They are not going to make too many mistakes and make it easy for you. You are going to have to work for everything you get.”

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