The New York Jets were a team surprisingly looking for their fourth win in Week 6 of the NFL regular season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was not your typical Steelers team as they were 0-4, which as any football fan would know is very un-Steeler like. But even with the Steelers winless and me being a Jets’ fan, I still felt the Steelers had the upper hand in this game for two reasons.
One was the fact that the Steelers had a bye in Week 5 while the Jets played on Monday Night Football. So while the Steelers had two full weeks to prepare for the Jets, the Jets had less than one week to prepare for the Steelers. The other reason I thought was coaching. Head coach of the Steelers Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau greatly overpower head coach of the Jets Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and if you do not believe me just look at their coaching histories.
Tomlin and LeBeau are Super Bowl champions and know the game of football. Give them two weeks and they will make your life difficult, and that is exactly what they did to both the Jets’ offense and defense.
The Steelers offense used the passing game to take advantage of the banged up Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and then mixed in the run to keep the Jets defense off balance. The Steelers defense gave the Jets’ offense a ton of different looks and made things tough for Jets’ rookie quarterback Geno Smith the entire game on Sunday. The Steelers had 328 yards of total offense compared to the Jets’ 267, with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger going 23-of-30 with 264 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions while Smith went 19-of-34 for 201 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. I mean, that’s your ball game right there.
The final score of the game was 19-6 Steelers, capturing their first win of the season, and it was all due to the great coaching and execution. Many feel this was an upset and that the Jets played horribly, but I have to disagree on both accounts. When you think about it, mixing the coaching mismatch with the bye week of the Steelers in Week 5, whether you admit it or not, this game had a Steelers win written all over it.