JETS 20 – STEELERS 13
The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) playing down to their competition has been nothing new and that trend continued in a 20-13 loss to the New York Jets (2-8).
The Jets jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and cruised to their first win since week 1.
Pittsburgh’s defense was gashed in the first quarter, giving up a 14 play, 72 yard scoring drive on the Jets opening drive but this loss was squarely on the offense.
The Steelers stars on the offensive side of the ball played poorly and when that happens, this team can lose to anybody.
The big play Steelers passing attack we saw the last two weeks was nowhere to be found until a Ben Roethlisberger 80 yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant with a 1:16 left in the fourth quarter.
Bryant had a career high 143 receiving yards.
Roethlisberger was largely ineffective, throwing two interceptions and the Steelers offense turned the ball over four times in the loss. Roethlisberger finished 30 of 43 for 343 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
The Jets limited the Steelers to just 2.1 yards per rush and with the Steelers falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, Pittsburgh became one dimensional and the Steelers couldn’t finish plays.
They went 0-3 in the red zone and in addition to turning the ball over four times, Shaun Suisham missed a 21 yard field goal in the second half, the shortest miss of the NFL season.
When Ben Roethlisberger is playing at the MVP level he was the two previous weeks, Todd Haley looks like an offensive genius….. when Roethlisberger has a mediocre game like today, the Steelers coaching staff gets exposed when it comes to the little things.
The Cleveland Browns sit alone in first place in the AFC North at 6-3.