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NFL Week 2 Game Recap: New England Patriots 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14

This one was a defensive battle, but the New England Patriots did enough on offense to hold off the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-14, in Week 2.

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Offensive spotlight: Wide receiver Nelson Agholor came alive for six catches and 110 yards, including a second-quarter touchdown that gave the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish. Running back Damien Harris was efficient, rushing for 71 yards on 15 carries with a score. 

Defensive spotlight: Both defenses made things tough, but the Patriots tallied three sacks by Matthew Judon, Jahlani Tavai and Christian Barmore. Mac Jones threw a third-quarter pass that should have been intercepted, and after the defensive miscue, the Steelers' special teams unit muffed a punt, leading to the final Patriots score. 

Rookie spotlight: Steelers rookie WR George Pickens had one catch on three targets for a second straight week. The second-round draft pick has only 26 yards receiving through two games. 

Offensive line spotlight: The New England offensive line kept Mac Jones clean a week after the Steelers sacked Bengals QB Joe Burrow seven times.

Box Score

Passing
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Mac Jones 13.68 21 / 35 252 7.2 1 1
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Mitch Trubisky 12.42 21 / 33 168 5.1 1 1
Rushing
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Damien Harris 16.7 15 71 4.7 1 16
Mac Jones 13.68 7 6 0.9 0 5
Rhamondre Stevenson 6.1 9 47 5.2 0 8
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Najee Harris 13.9 15 49 3.3 0 8
Mitch Trubisky 12.42 1 7 7 0 7
Jaylen Warren 2.5 4 15 3.8 0 6
Gunner Olszewski 0.8 1 18 18 0 18
Derek Watt 0.2 1 2 2 0 2
Receiving
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Nelson Agholor 26 6 6 110 18.3 1
Jakobi Meyers 18.5 13 9 95 7.3 0
Damien Harris 16.7 2 2 16 8 0
Rhamondre Stevenson 6.1 2 1 4 2 0
Kendrick Bourne 3.6 3 2 16 5.3 0
Lil'Jordan Humphrey 2.1 2 1 11 5.5 0
DeVante Parker 0 2 0 0 0 0
Hunter Henry 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jonnu Smith 0 3 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Najee Harris 13.9 6 5 40 6.7 0
Diontae Johnson 13.7 10 6 57 5.7 0
Pat Freiermuth 12.2 7 4 22 3.1 1
Chase Claypool 6.6 6 4 26 4.3 0
George Pickens 3.3 3 1 23 7.7 0
Jaylen Warren 2.5 1 1 0 0 0

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