The question posed to Mike Wallace during the first open locker room of the week: Can the Steelers engage the Patriots in a shootout Sunday and win?
It was kind of like asking the Steelers wide receiver if he can beat Casey Hampton in a foot race.
“Yeah, we can score enough points,” Wallace said. “If I was to say that we can’t score enough to keep up with somebody that would be crazy, especially when I’m on offense. There’s no question we can.”
Earlier, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had treaded a little more carefully when asked about the possibility of having to shoot it out with the Patriots.
“It’s hard because if I sit here and say that I feel like we need to score every time that means I think our defense isn’t going to do a good job because I think our defense is going to do a great job,” Roethlisberger said. “But I think if you look at just the numbers they put up a lot of points. Therefore we need to put up a lot of points because that’s what we want to do and need to do as an offense.”
Roethlisberger heaped praise on Brady, who owns the Steelers, and said the two-time NFL MVP is why the Patriots have played in four Super Bowls since 2001 and won three of them.
“I think Tom Brady’s the best and I think that correlates to them being one of the most consistent teams in the league consistently,” Roethlisberger said.
When asked, again, about the possibility of having to duel it out with Brady in a high-scoring game, Roethlisberger smiled.
“I hope not,” he said. “I hope we score a lot of points and they don’t.”
And if the Steelers need to score 40 to beat New England, Mike Wallace?
“Forties, fifties, whatever,” he said. “We can score enough points.”
— Scott Brown