Must-read recap: Patriots lose to Steelers in another road stinker


Remember Titus Adams? Terdell Sands? Kendall Simmons? Isaiah Stanback? Well, they all have something in common with the current members of the Patriots: They were members of the last New England team -- the 2009 bunch that Bill Belichick couldn't "get to play the way I need them to play" -- that lost five games in a season. And these Pats still have two more chances to lose even more (though home games against the Bills and Jets don't ring the alarm meter). 

The Patriots stunk on the road again, lost to the Steelers via a one-touchdown performance and -- as noted -- are now a five-loss team for the first time since 2009. They're also now out of the No. 2 spot in the AFC. 

How the run defense absolutely stunk. The Steelers, who were without James Conner, ran early and often. Rookie fifth-round pick Jaylen Samuels went for well over 100 yards. 

How Tom Brady lost his damn mind in a big spot for the second week in a row. After taking a sack in the red zone at the end of the half last week with no timeouts, Brady threw a pick under pressure on second down in the red zone where he could have easily thrown the ball away. 

No. Chris Boswell missed a 32-yarder in the third quarter, though.

Not the best day for Brown. A holding call negated a 25-yard Michel run in the second quarter and a false start in the fourth was part of the mess that led to the Pats being so far back on second-and-goal when Brady threw that pick. 

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