It does that a lot for the Patriots, in large part because they create so much chaos for opponents.
They’re equal in that sense. But a lack of this kind of tenacious leadership from the top is what eliminates 80 percent of teams from being able to compete consistently with Belichick’s Patriots. I know Coughlin coaches harder and demands more out of players than at least three-fourths of coaches in the league. That’s why Coughlin’s teams have enjoyed success vs. Belichick.
The Falcons forget about bleeding the clock and running the ball and the Patriots mount a Super Bowl comeback for the ages. The Steelers get their signals crossed and the Patriots steal a game that had seemed lost more than once.
It was crushing and elating, a frenetic jumble of brilliance and misfires and there is nobody who wouldn’t sign up for more, perhaps a month from now.
“Yes, because that means we made it pretty far,” Roethlisberger said.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is the key to Baltimore upsetting Pittsburgh. The 35-year-old has 10.5 sacks this year and is the team’s highest-ranked pass rusher per the game charters at Pro Football Focus. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, meanwhile, sees his passer rating drop from 102.2 to 49.1 under pressure this season.
Two teams currently locked in a three-way tie for the AFC West, the Chiefs have been a mere shell of the juggernaut we saw during the first few weeks of the season.
During the first six games of the season, the Chiefs were scoring 2.6 points per drive while allowing 1.9. During the last six games that has declined to 1.8 and 2.2, respectively. Kansas City’s red-zone efficiency has also continually declined from the start of the season.
Added Harden, who hit a dagger stepback 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining: “We’re confident. We’re just a confident group, especially with everybody healthy. We get Trevor and Gerald back, and then we’ve got a strong rotation where we’re very versatile. Obviously, [the Warriors are] a championship-caliber team for the past four years or whatnot. That’s what we’re trying to build our way up to.”