TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 67, Low 50
Line: New York Jets (-2.5)
No one saw an 0-4 record coming for the Pittsburgh Steelers through the first five weeks of the season — okay, maybe some doubters did see it coming. However, the historically successful Steelers look like one of the worst teams in the NFL this year and Ben Roethlisberger has already come out and called his team out, calling them the worst team in the league. While the Steelers might not be the worst team in league despite what Big Ben says, they are struggling mightily. Roethlisberger has passed for 1,231 yards and five touchdowns this season, connecting with Antonio Brown 32 times for 412 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the New York Jets may be the surprise team in the NFL this season. Sitting at 3-2 and coming off a huge win against the Atlanta Falcons on the road, Geno Smith has led this Jets team out of the league’s basement and into a tie for second place in the AFC East. No one saw Smith having success in his first season as an NFL quarterback, but he has proved doubters wrong, passing for 1,289 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the Jets to a win in week five without his top target, Santonio Holmes. Bilal Powell has led the run game with 330 yards on 78 carries and a touchdown on the ground.
Defensively, the Jets allow the second-least amount of yards per game this season while also ranking 15th in points allowed per game. Le’Veon Bell might not have the best day against this solid front line. The Steelers are the 10th-best unit in terms of total yards as well as being the fifth-best passing defense in the league.
PREDICTION: Steelers 21, Jets 20