Jabrill Peppers – Patriots needed win over Steelers with ‘criticism’ of Bill Belichick

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By journalsofus.com

PITTSBURGH — In the locker room celebrating after the New England Patriots’ 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acresure Stadium on Thursday, veteran safety Jabrill Peppers originally dedicated the win to head coach Bill Belichick.

“We needed it. I feel good that we could do it for Bill and the rest of the coaches,” Peppers said after the team ended a five-game losing streak.

“I don’t really like their criticism, because it’s on us as players to go out and execute. I personally think the game plan has been great week in and week out, and we’ve had opportunities to play whenever we’ve had the opportunity to play.” “We didn’t make ’em. But we made enough tonight.”

Belichick’s 24th season with the Patriots has been his most challenging, with the team going 3-10 and in last place in the AFC.

In reflection of the conflicts, the Patriots’ next game, originally scheduled for December 18 against the Kansas City Chiefs, was moved from prime time and will be played on December 17 at 1 pm ET.

This decline, combined with the Patriots posting losing records in three of the last four seasons, has led to media questions about whether Belichick’s run with the franchise, which includes six Super Bowl championships, could potentially end in the postseason. Could.

Thursday was Belichick’s 507th game (including the postseason), breaking a tie with George Halas and moving him into second place all-time for most games coached, behind Don Shula (526).

Longtime captain David Andrews said after the game, “I have a lot of respect for the coach, the way he works. He’s tough. He’s fair.” “We’re all trying as hard as we can to win.”

The Patriots led 21–10 at halftime, then relied on their defense the rest of the way.

The Patriots’ last four wins under Belichick have come when they were held scoreless in the second half, with the last such win coming in Week 2 of the 2013 season.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Patriots led 21–3 midway through the second quarter and are now 147–2 under Belichick when leading by 18 or more points in a game. Losses in the AFC Championship Game in 2011 to the Buffalo Bills (led by 21) and in 2006 to the Indianapolis Colts (led by 18).

“I thought the players and coaches did a really good job this week,” Belichick said. “Obviously a short week and a tough, disappointing game last week [6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers], but they came and had a good week of preparation. I thought the guys played with a lot of effort, energy, tenacity and resiliency.”

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