The Gridiron and Beyond: NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala Previews Patriots Season Opener (Ep. 35)


This week on The Gridiron and Beyond, the voice of the New England Patriots, Bob Socci sits down with Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) of the NFL Network for a preview of the New England Patriots' season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.

+ Addition by subtraction?  Following a drama-free filled 2018 featuring a late-season collapse, a healthy Steelers team devoid of distractions opens the new season focused on a return to the playoffs... 

+ Ben Roethlisberger isn't so big anymore, thanks to an emphasis on offseason conditioning; nor is he weighed down by the need to force-feed his once-favorite target now playing in Oakland...

+ Pittsburgh expects the money and draft capital it invested on defense to yield a big return in what could be a crossroads season for longtime head coach Mike Tomlin...

+ While trying to kick her way onto a future NFL roster would be a longshot for soccer star Cari Lloyd; it wouldn't necessarily be out of her range...  

+ How Devin McCourty gained an edge while watching twin brother Jason and awaiting his own turn at Rutgers.