PITTSBURGH (27) d NEW YORK JETS (10)
The Headline: Wakeup call for the Jets as Big Ben leads a dominating win
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).