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Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) celebrates his touchdown with running back Damien Harris (37) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 
The New England Patriots brushed off their week 1 dismantling by the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 with a 17-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Toucher & Rich are fortunate enough to have Mike Reiss join the show every Monday during the NFL season to share his latest thoughts and takeaways on the team.

  • OFFENSIVE LINE

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Nelson Agholor #15 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown during the first half in the game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    “I would start with the offensive line. When you get the ball back with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter and you don’t give it back to the other team. I mean, that’s a job well done. 

    I would say the offensive line to me, when you run it six straight times and they know you’re going to run it six straight times and you get 2 first downs out of that. That place was rocking at that moment. They played the song Renegade. It was at the two minute warning. That was like the ultimate punch in the mouth. The Steelers are a good defense, like they’re known for their toughness. So I thought that was significant for the Patriots.”

  • WIDE RECEIVERS

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Nelson Agholor #15 of the New England Patriots catches a pass for a touchdown while defended by Ahkello Witherspoon #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Nelson Agholor #15 of the New England Patriots catches a pass for a touchdown while defended by Ahkello Witherspoon #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    “I think it was pretty simple. They wanted lil Jordan Humphrey in there because of the run game, so you love the way that they closed out the game, which I would think most people did. So look at the wide receiver snaps on that last drive and you see lil Jordan Humphrey out there for nine of ten snaps and there’s a reason they make the decision they’re trying to play to the players strengths. 

    Kendrick Bourne is a great receiver, but I would say his run blocking probably isn’t why you’re putting him on the field.I think they’re just trying to mix and match with everything and, to me, that was probably less of a storyline. 

    I thought 24 was a good number. I thought 15 was about where Kendrick would be the over under for him and I thought he made a difference when he was out there, but more as a receiver than a run blocker.”

  • WEEK 2 VS. WEEK 1

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass during the first half in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass during the first half in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

     

    “The reason I would say I feel better about them is they did the things specific to them, you know? it wasn’t about the opponent. 

    Their receivers, the ball security, and the turnovers (from last week) weren’t there. The stupid mistakes like jumping offsides on fourth and one. I don’t care who’s on the other side, whether T.J. Watt is there, Mitch, whoever. Like that’s about you, not the other team. And they didn’t make those mistakes. 

    After last week, guys, I started to wonder. I’m like, maybe this is just who the Patriots are. They’re a team that doesn’t win the turnover battle anymore. They’re a team that makes those bad mistakes. And I didn’t see that, and I thought that was significant, regardless of who was on the other side.”