By John Touhey
Ahh the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team Jets fans have come to hate, especially after their 2010 defeat in the AFC Championship game.
Plus, Heinz Field was used as the home for the Gotham Rogues in The Dark Knight Rises, and in this game Ben Roethlisberger will look to redeem himself after his team fell to the Broncos in week one.
The Steelers couldn’t get a rushing attack going against the Broncos D with a combined total of 75 yards, although Rashard Mendenhall was not in the game. This week Mendenhall’s role yet to officially be announced but he has participated fully in both practices this week.
Mendenhall has a tendency of taking over games when the ball is in his hands but the question is how he will respond coming off an ACL injury. Even if he doesn’t play the Jets have some work to do as they let up almost 200 yards on the ground last week. If they have any shot at winning this game they will have to stop the run and force turnovers just like they did last week.
CB Darrelle Revis will be out this week and won’t even make the trip to Pittsburgh. What does this mean for gang green? Well the defensive line will have a lot more pressure on it to get to Big Ben to force him into making bad throws.
They won’t have arguably the best corner in the league to bail them out and after going a whole game without a sack they’re due in this game.
Dustin Keller also won’t be available in this game which comes as a huge blow as Keller is an unquestionable mismatch.
Coming off a loss, the Steelers will definitely have a chip on their shoulder but I expect the Jets to compete and prove to the critics that last week was no fluke.
If the Jets do pull out a victory on the road it will be a close game that will come down to the play of Mark Sanchez. But what will Tim Tebow’s role be? He didn’t have much of an impact in week one and we can all bet he’s itching to throw the football.
Maybe this week is the week where Tebow is a game changer. At the end of the day I think the Steelers use last week’s loss as motivation and top gang green in Pittsburgh by a score of 31-24.