Thursday night, we saw what happens to a pass defense when a good quarterback is on the field.
Only we got to see it the entire game, as both Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans' Drew Brees threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns.
The way the NFL's rules are now, the game heavily – and that doesn't begin to describe it – favors the offense.
People in Pittsburgh tend to look at the Steelers pass defense and say, "They get exposed every time they play an elite quarterback."
That's a silly statement. Everybody's defense gets exposed when playing an elite quarterback. That's what makes those quarterbacks elite!
The trick is to outscore the opposing offense.
New Orleans put 30-plus points on the board Thursday night. It wasn't enough because the Packers were in the 40s and the Saints made a couple of mistakes inside Green Bay's red zone.
But with the offense the Steelers now have, they have the weapons to get into a shootout such as Thursday night's game and come out on the winning side.
The days of three yards and a cloud of dust and defenses dominating games are over. The NFL in its current state is all about putting points on the board and doing so quickly.