Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, including a 58-yard score, and Josh Gordon - another receiver who wore out his welcome elsewhere - caught one TD pass. He's actually got a solid streak with Dorsett which, not counting the postseason, started in last year's outing against the Colts in Week 5. Tom Brady was constantly given the matchups he wanted, and players like Mark Barron and Kameron Kelly were picked on often. At halftime, Pittsburgh had limped to four first downs, one third-down conversion and 87 yards. "It's that simple. Take it day-by-day, look at our mistakes, get ready for Seattle".
Pats corner Jason McCourty led the way with three pass breakups and Stephon Gilmore's coverage on JuJu Smith-Schuster was excellent, but Jon Jones and Patrick Chung caught my eye.
It has been a wild offseason for Brown, starting back when he demanded a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2018 campaign.
It was a frustrating play as McCourty wasn't able to close on Washington and it appeared as though it could have been a costly miscue.
Brady praised his defense after they held what was expected to be a high powered Steelers offense to a mere field goal, of which Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin received heavy criticism for.
Looking at the schedule ahead, starting with next week's game in Miami, New England won't be facing off against a team who appeared in the 2018-19 National Football League playoffs until Week 9 when they travel to Baltimore.
On a positive note, Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn was almost flawless, allowing one quarterback hit on 40 pass-blocking snaps. He also hit 4/5 during the postseason. In a game where their execution was pretty solid all the way around, Gostkowski certainly did his part in New England's blowout win.
It remains unclear what Cannon's status will be for the Patriots' upcoming game in Miami against the Dolphins.