The New York Jets followed up their impressive Week One win over the Buffalo Bills with an uninspiring performance on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Early on the Jets were matching the Steelers on both sides of the ball, but the offense fell out of rhythm and the defense looked tired late. The Jets had issues wrapping up Ben Roethlisberger as well as the Pittsburgh running backs, with missed tackles leading to multiple big plays.
The New York Jets were unable to get to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for most of the day, leaving their secondary exposed due to blitzes that were either picked up by the Steelers offensive line or the Jets' inability to bring down Roethlisberger. Ben Roethlisberger ended up with 275 yards passing and two touchdowns. Mark Sanchez finished with 138 yards passing and one touchdown – a far cry from his performance last week.
The Jets held the Steelers to 2.1 yards per carry, but weren't able to finish on third downs. Late in the game the severe difference in time of possession came back to bite the Jets, as Gang Green struggled to bring Steelers running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman to the ground. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman had 12 carries each, with Dwyer picking up 28 yards, Redman gaining 25 yards. Bilal Powell led the way for the Jets on the ground, rushing nine times for 33 yards. Tim Tebow had one rush for 22 yards.
Mike Wallace had 74 yards receiving and a touchdown on the day. Santonio Holmes had three catches for 28 yards, including the only Jets touchdown of the day. That score came on their very first drive and gave the Jets a 7-3 lead. Garrett McIntyre stood out for the Jets on defense, recording two sacks and four tackles for loss overall on the day. Cameron Heyward and Lamarr Woodley had sacks for Pittsburgh.
The Jets will be on the road again next week as they visit the Miami Dolphins. Adding another AFC East win would be huge, making it an extremely important game for Rex Ryan and the Jets.
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