Patriots reporter Mike Reiss was a guest Friday afternoon on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh, joining host David Todd. The segment can be heard here, and topics included:
1. Summing up how the Patriots have put together a 6-2 record.
2. Quarterback Tom Brady and his performance through the first eight games.
3. How the Patriots have transitioned from more of a two-tight end offense to a three-plus receiver attack this season.
4. Thoughts on the Patriots' running game.
5. Unsung defenders stepping up as the Patriots plug in players after being ravaged by injuries.
6. Improvements in the Patriots' secondary in 2013.
7. The possibility of a blitz-heavy approach against the Steelers.