Originally written on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 11/19/14


The Headline: Wakeup call for the Jets as Big Ben leads a dominating win

The Story:

One team came into this game 1-0 on the back of a resounding week 1 victory while the other was facing serious questions about its future after a disappointing opening day loss where they were made to look relatively amateurish. In the NFL one week is a very long time and in that period, the Jets came crashing back down to earth after the Steelers got a reminder of who they were meant to be. With the game evenly poised at the start of the second half the Steelers defense stepped up and shut out the Jets in the final 30 minutes allowing for what amounted to a comfortable win. It was a tough day offensively for the Jets as Mark Sanchez struggled to find open receivers and he got minimal support on the ground as Shonn Greene was held to all of 23 yards on 11 carries. On the bright side however Sanchez did not turn the ball over which is something he will need to continue doing in order to win more games. Pittsburgh didn’t have much success on the ground either as both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman struggled to produce anything in place of the injured Rashard Mendenhall. On the day, everything seemed to work out in the Steelers favour and it reminded the Jets that Super Bowls are not won in the first week of the season.

Key Stat: Pittsburgh: 24-31 passing, 7.8 yards per attempt; Jets 10-27, 4.4 yards per attempt

When your quarterback gets blanketed like Mark Sanchez did there is little to no hope for the Jets to overcome the Steelers with their inability to move the ball.

Key Play: Heath Miller, 1 yard touchdown catch to make it 13-10

As the second quarter is winding down, the Steelers are about to cap an 11 play, 80 yard drive with a touchdown and take the lead. Roethlisberger faked a handoff to Redman before lofting the ball to Miller in the back corner of the end zone who had gotten behind David Harris to give the Steelers the lead they would never relinquish.

Man of the Match: Ben Roethlisberger

24-31, 275 yards and 2 touchdowns

In this game Ben was nearly flawless as he did a great job spreading the ball around among his receivers as he picked apart a secondary that was missing its anchor in Darrelle Revis. All in all Big Ben found 10 different receivers in his 24 completions leaving the Jets secondary baffled as to where he was going next. He definitely enjoyed having Mike Wallace back in the line up as he found him for a very nice 37 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was a crucial play in the game as he sidestepped the rush and delivered a perfect ball for Wallace to go and attack. With Ben back to full health he can take this man of the match award and celebrate a fine performance (just not like he allegedly used to in Milledgeville and Lake Tahoe).


Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Cardinals Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet


Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

WATCH: Bahamas Bowl ends on insane Hail Mary play

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.