There is no doubt the New England Patriots offense has the potential to be explosive right off the bat, so it's important for the Steelers to come out fast as well in every aspect of the game.
Three players share why starting fast on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium is a key.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey:
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the first regular season game against the New England Patriots.
"It's very important. With Tom Brady back there on the other side of the ball you have to start fast on all sides. We need to go out there and score on offense, stop them on defense and make something happen on special teams."*Cornerback Will Gay: *
"You definitely want to have a fast start. That is what Coach (Mike) Tomlin has been preaching. We start our practices off with competition just so we have the tempo throughout practice. We know the importance of it so we want to go out there and give our all from the start and come back with a win."*Defensive end Cam Heyward: *
"It's always important. There should never be mental errors going into a game to start off a game. You want to be razor sharp. When you come out fast it sets the tempo and almost catch your opponent off guard."