The Patriots are coming off a bye.
To Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians that means one thing: expect the unexpected.
Arians said in his history of coaching against Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach always unveils something major when he has had an extra week to prepare for a team.
“It’s very hard to prepare for things that aren’t on film but history says they are there,” Arians said. “You try to clue your guys in to what could possibly happen but don’t paralyze them with analysis.”
Arians said the Patriots play primarily zone in pass coverage, giving their defensive backs a chance to make big plays.
New England cornerback Kyle Arrington is tied for the AFC lead in interceptions with four. The Patriots returned an interception for a touchdown last year in a 39-26 win at Heinz Field.
“They’re a very opportunistic defense,” Arians said. “They don’t drop any interceptions, and you better not throw any or you are going to pay the price either with their return ability or their offense is going to score.”
— Scott Brown