Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

Boomer Esiason tells M&C he still thinks Steelers are better than Patriots

Alex Reimer
November 26, 2018 - 8:49 am
Categories: 

The Patriots are now the No. 2 seed in the AFC, thanks to their convincing win over the Jets at the Meadowlands Sunday. But Boomer Esiason still thinks the Steelers are the second-best team in the AFC, despite their disastrous loss to the Broncos in Denver, where they turned the ball over three times.

In his weekly interview with “Mut & Callahan,” Esiason said he still believes the Steelers have the upper-hand heading into their marquee matchup with the Patriots in Pittsburgh next month. “I think the Steelers, as Jason Witten would say, shot themselves in the foot yesterday continuously,” Esiason said. “They were making so many mistakes, big mistakes that cost them huge plays and scores. There’s going to be a showdown here in the coming weeks between Pittsburgh and New England that will decide the No. 2 seed. That’s not going to be an easy game for the Patriots, but they always seem to be the measuring stick for the Pittsburgh Steelers they can’t get over.”

Though Esiason isn’t ready to propel the Patriots to the top of the AFC, he still came away impressed with their win over the Jets. The CBS analyst and WFAN host says New England played its ideal game, running for over 200 yards and throwing for nearly 300. Rob Gronkowski also caught his first touchdown pass since Week 1, which was perhaps the biggest development of the day. 

“I don’t think they’re an overly explosive offense, but I do think they’re a really balanced offense,” Esiason explained. “When you look at the stat sheet, ‘We ran for over 200, threw for almost 300, we eclipsed almost 500 yards of total offense.’ That’s balance. Yesterday, it was good to see Gronk back on the field, and Tom throws a touchdown pass to him where he’s covered and does what we did five years ago, and that’s just make an unbelievable catch. We all take it for granted, because we expect Gronk to do that every time, but that was a terrific catch and exactly what the Patriots have been missing the last few weeks. It was good to see him back on the field. So I would say they’re a balanced offense, not an explosive offense, not a Chiefs or Rams-type offense. They’re more like the Saints, because the Saints put up a lot of points, but they do it running the ball first and throwing the ball second. That’s the kind of balance you want on offense.”

Brady delivered his best game in weeks, throwing for 283 yards and two touchdown passes. Esiason said he thinks TB12 still has lots left in the tank, even though the whispers about his decline have been getting louder.

“I have no idea what the end is going to look like for (Brady), but I don’t want it to end any time soon,” Esiason said. “Sitting in the CBS studios every Sunday afternoon, watching whether it’s him, or Philip Rivers yesterday, or Ben Roethlisberger, this is one of the greatest runs in quarterback history for some of these guys, and Tom is right there at the top of it. I felt like there was a real loss when we lost Peyton Manning, watching him go out on top was pretty special. Hopefully Tom gets a chance to do that as well. Look, he was sick, he wasn’t feeling well, and he still played great. At the end of the day, it shows there’s still so much left in him, and there’s as much as he wants to have left in him. It’s the same thing with Drew Brees. Both of these guys are playing at a very high level. I don’t see them leaving any time soon, but I guess that could change depending on how the season ends, and if family members get in his ear and start telling him to live a different life."

Related: Hannable: Identity of 2018 Patriots remains unknown

Comments ()