The Steelers are still trying to find their first win of the season and will look to do so against a Jets team that’s working on a short week. The Jets beat the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football and are looking to build off their success while the Steelers are coming off a bye.
I’m confident that this could be big day for the Steelers’ defense. A shocking stat for the Steelers’ defense is that they have yet to force a turnover. They’re the only team in the NFL without a takeaway. Not generating turnovers is a big reason the Steelers are struggling. With an offense who has done it’s fair share of giving the ball away, you can’t expect to win a game if you can’t get some of those turnovers back. However, heavy pressure will disrupt the rookie quarterback of the Jets and I definitely see the first takeaway of the season coming in week 6.
The defense should be able to bring a lot to the table when facing the Jets but the bigger concern will be how the Steelers’ offense can handle the Jets’ defense. The Jets’ defense is a very good unit. The Jets’ will most likely look to bring a lot of pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers offensive line is easy to pick on so why not dial up the blitzes. Rex Ryan has a great defensive mind and has to like what he sees when it comes to how lousy the Steelers’ blocking is.
Roethlisberger is going to need to do what he does best: escape pressure and make a play. It could very well be a long day for the Steelers’ franchise quarterback. Roethlisberger will need to make smart decisions with the football. Knowing when to get rid of it and when to hold on to it will play a big role in the Steelers’ offensive success. Roethlisberger is quite good at extending plays and turning nothing into something but this season he’s had to improvise more times than none and sometimes it’s resulted in a turnover. The Steelers can’t turn the ball over and it starts with their quarterback’s decisions.
The Steelers should look to get running back Le’Veon Bell going early. Bell, who looked impressive in his regular season debut against the Vikings, gives Steelers Nation a little hope when it comes to the running game. If the Steelers can establish a rushing attack early then the Steelers might be in good shape. Having a successful running game will set up the passing game and the Steelers need to have that balance going forward.
The Jets aren’t that great of a team but neither are the Steelers. However, I still like the Steelers chances in this one. It won’t be pretty but the Steelers should squeak out a win in the end; a low scoring game as the defenses duke it out. The Steelers will get their first win of the season, 13-10 over the Jets.