New England Patriots

Sep 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

The Steelers are reeling. Depending on who you ask, the Patriots might be catching Pittsburgh at the right time as they’ve stumbled to a three-game losing streak. There’s a real possibility that they miss the playoffs entirely.

Pittsburgh kind of looks like a team that’s lost confidence in itself. But that couldn’t be less important to Bill Belichick.

The Patriots head coach understands as well as anyone in football that what happened last weekend won’t necessarily impact what happens at Heinz Field on Sunday. I mean, you have to hope it won’t make a difference to the Patriots after what happened to them in Miami. So Belichick isn’t going to entertain the idea that the Patriots are about to run over a demoralized team, or that he’s going to address that idea with his players.

“I think if you guys are around competitive guys you wouldn’t see that, so I don’t really see that,” said Belichick. “I don’t give that any credibility at all. Competitive people compete. That’s what they do. Certainly that’s what the Steelers are. I’m sure we’ll get their best. I think they’ll get our best. We’ll see what happens.”

It’s going to be a virtual must-win for both the Patriots and Steelers. Pittsburgh definitely knows the kind of test they’re in for with the Pats as compared to most other opponents. So you’d think that they would bring forth their best effort, regardless of what’s happened recently.

Belichick is going to make sure the Patriots prepare for this game as if that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Assuming their confidence is down would be a dangerous way to get ready for a dangerous opponent.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at