FOXBORO (CBS) – The Patriots have to get ready for a physical game Sunday. This is not a secret. Inside the locker room, guys know what playing the Steelers means. Matt Light has been a part of these Pittsburgh weeks for a long time.
“The Pittsburgh teams we’ve seen in the past, the Pittsburgh teams we see now, they’re all physical,” he said. “They thrive on playing mentally tough games that end up being physically draining by the end of it. I’m sure it will be the same this weekend.”
New England will have to start by trying to punch a hole in the Steelers rush defense. Pittsburgh allows less than 60 yards a game.
“Their run defense is as good as it gets. There’s not a lot of people running against them,” Light said. “They’re very active up front, they play that two-gap style defense really well. What they do with their stunts and pressures is good, really good. They’ve got some really good play makers over there.”
On the road and add the physicality and this promises to be big game for the Pats but if they win, it could set the tone for their season.
“I think it goes back to the underlying tone of the whole thing, which is playing a physical game. You have to play physical against these guys, you have to match their intensity, you have to finish every play,” he said. “So I think if you can do that and stay out of all the situations you have to avoid when you play on the road, which is long yardage, mental errors, penalties, and all that stuff, then you’ll do alright, but if you do any combination of those then it’s going to be a long day.”