No matter how bad the season opener was, the Patriots found a way to avoid starting 0-2 every year since 2001.
It’s the longest active streak in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Nearly 90% of teams that have gone 0-2 since 1990 have missed the playoffs, according to ESPN.
This week, the streak is in jeopardy as the Patriots take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Patriots lead the all-time series 17-16.
It’s the first time the teams have met since 2019, and the first time without Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger since 1998.
It’s also the first time Brian Flores and Bill Belichick will be on the same court since Flores sued the NFL and used text messages between him and Belichick as evidence in his lawsuit.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, who had back x-rays after last week’s 20-7 loss to Miami, has been taken off the Patriots’ injured list and is expected to play.
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