NE lost Tom Ashworth (starting right tackle) immediately prior to that game, and Matt Light was knocked out in the first quarter of the game. Losing your two primary O-linemen is not a good start. Furthermore, they were playing w/o Dillon and lost Law in the first quarter, immediately before the scoring deluge started. Tyrone Poole was questionable for the game, and didn't play, a couple weeks later, he went on IR. It wasn't about stopping the run, BR threw two big TD passes in the first quarter, and there was a fumble returned for a TD, making the score 21-3, at that point, it didn't matter if they could stop the run or not, although they did come back to make it within 2 TDs. Brandon Gorin has stepped up big time at RT, and the O-line is no longer a weakness, but a strength during this game. Dillon will not necessarily be a huge difference maker in this game, but he will be able to help slow the pace of the game down, and if the pats lead, expect to see plenty of him. The defensive scheme is going to be geared around stopping the run, one thing people don't realize is that Belichick develops game plans based on personnel. Obviously Ty Law was an important part of his plan for the Steelers game and when he was lost due to injury in the 1st quarter, the Pats were forced to change their planning. They've been playing w/o Law for 11 weeks now, so obviously he isn't part of the plan. I expect to see Belichick stack the line and run blitz, and also bring LBs off the edge, leaving 1 on 1 coverage for BR and daring him to beat them before the pass rush gets there. With how they are going to disguise coverages, I doubt he will be able to do that, as Manning certainly wasn't, and BR, although promising, isn't anywhere near as good as Manning. As far as the offensive philosophy, Pittsburgh has no idea what to plan for, as Weis may be the most creative mind in all of football. They could come out with 4 wides, or 2 TEs, the point is, you never know, and that makes it hard to gameplan against the Pats. Speculation is that the Steelers will try to run 4 wides against the pats, I doubt this will happen personally because it means BR will be very vulnurable to the pass rush. I do agree that they will throw more than people think, perhaps with diasterous results. When NE defenders get their hands on the ball, NE tends to score quickly and often.