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Tim Benz, Mark Madden discuss how Steelers matchup against Patriots

Tim Benz
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talk on the field following a game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The Steelers won 17-10.

In this week’s “Madden Monday” with Mark Madden of TribLive and 105.9 the X, it’s a ton of Steelers-Patriots talk.

The Steelers are faster on defense than they have been in the past. But are they fast enough to keep up with Tom Brady and his wide receivers?

There are lots of questions surrounding the Patriots offense. But their defense might be good enough to carry them. We discuss that angle and how the Pats will overcome the loss of Rob Gronkowski.

One area where Mark and I disagree is about the New England offensive line. I think the Steelers could exploit the interior. Mark appears to believe it is a non-issue. You decide for yourself.

However, we are on the same page when it comes to Joe Haden’s contract extension. We both like it. And we’ll tell you why we think depth at safety in Foxborough is less of an issue than it has been in the past.

Pitt’s football team is off to another sputtering start. Mark doesn’t seem to care. He lists many reasons why you shouldn’t either, starting with recruitment at the WPIAL level and going right up to the top.

The Carli Lloyd place-kicking phenomenon has faded —we poke fun at that. And the importance of Chris Boswell this season for the Steelers.

Then there are the Pirates and their grind towards the end of the regular season. Plus Jerry “the King” Lawler says we should all buy into the Browns.

Oh, also, Mark and I have a big announcement about how you can get a visual, interactive edition of “Madden Monday” starting next week.

LISTEN: Tim Benz and Mark Madden talk about the Steelers opener at the Patriots and preview interactive edition of ‘Madden Monday’ next week

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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