5 Reasons New York Jets will Beat the Pittsburgh Steelers In Week 6
5 Reasons New York Jets will Beat the Pittsburg Steelers Week 6
There are reasons to be afraid when any team has suddenly risen above expectations. They can start to believe hype coming from outside sources. Some winless teams this season are surprising. While I thought the New York Giants might win their customary nine or 10 games and challenge for the NFC East, clearly my assessment of this team was wrong.
The point is Big Blue will eventually win a game because of their receiving talent. When they do, their opponent will feel embarrassed while getting negative media coverage. This is a common occurrence no matter how much skill their players possesses.
One franchise has a history of disappointing their fans after raising hopes. Now they will host one of these franchises who continues to elude victory. Going down to a seemingly lowly team would probably devastate supporters.
For the sake of this discussion, we will be discussing the Week 6 matchup between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's Pittsburg Steelers and the New York Jets, led by rookie signal-caller Geno Smith. Everyone knows the story for Gang Green. They have a dynamic personality in head coach Rex Ryan who brings tremendous defensive knowledge. For once, their pass rush actually seems to offer a strength after years of struggle in this area. Running has also worked offensively for the Jets as Bilal Powell emerged as a solid threat. Their opponent has issues that fall into New York’s strengths. They did have a problem at some point in pass coverage. One specific injury to starting corner Antonio Cromartie can create trouble. There are five reasons why the Jets will emerge Sunday at 4-2.
5. Jets' Defensive Front
Muhammad Wilkerson's reputation as one of his city’s best players continues to grow. Rookie Sheldon Richardson also brings pass rush capability. Quinton Coples will get fully healthy and when he does, watch out. Roethlisberger has been struggling with turnovers as of late, so he could have difficulty with New York’s ability to create havoc.
4. Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Principles
Running the ball and playing defense has long been a staple of the Steelers’ success. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley demonstrated problems in his relationship with Roethlisberger, which has hurt this team. Without Mike Wallace, airing it out is not working. Running plays will get no easier though as Gang Green actually boasts an improved run defense.
3. New York’s Ground Game
Bilal Powell has erupted onto the scene with a great start. As long as offensive coordinator Marty Monhinweg keeps him involved, there should be positives. Chris Ivory can break off big plays when healthy. Splitting Mike Goodson out wide proved effective last week as well while he showed receding prowess.
2. Home-Field Advantage
Jets fans have been disappointed when their team was favored. These supporters are passionate while cheering their team on. This fervor can backfire though when things aren’t going well. If they continue with results like Monday’s victory, then the
NFL’s highest capacity stadium will become a great atmosphere.
1. Geno Smith’s Progression
Speed may not be quarterback Geno Smith’s major strength, but it is good enough. He prefers to sit back and operate as a passer. Clutch drives like at the end of this last game showed his confidence in his own abilities. I would look for him to succeed against an older Steelers defense.