Re: Did the defense wear out?
Pretty much every team has its weaknesses - some have a below par QB, some have no running game, some are stuck with a shambolic D.
What matters is what you do with your strengths to outweigh these weaknesses - in the salary cap era it is difficult to have a dominant ground game, an excellent D, and a top notch QB aswell.
DB's might well be a weakness for the Steelers, but you have to come up with schemes that allow you to camouflage it better - and improved play by the D-line is another option.
I mentioned it before, but T.O.P is going to kill your D unles you work out a way to make longer drives.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.