Last week the Jets offense was the talk of the town.
Sunday in Pittsburgh, they were just talk.
Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense did little against the fired up Steelers, as New York fell to 1-1 with a good old fashioned butt whipping, losing to Pittsburgh 27-10.
The Jets offense managed just 219 yards the entire day. After scoring a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, a 14 yard pass to Santonio Holmes by Sanchez, the Jets could manage only another field goal the rest of the day.
The Steelers shut out the Jets in the second half, taking a late lead 13-10 at the half, and never looking back. Pittsburgh scored a pair of second-half touchdowns, including one that came on a drive that went over 10 and a half minutes, ending with a rushing touchdown by Issac Redmen to make it 27-10.
“You have to give Pittsburgh a ton of credit,” Rex Ryan said. “They outplayed us in all three phases of the game. It came down to we couldn’t get off the field on third down and we couldn’t stay on the field on third down. That’s really where you look at it.”
The Jets D did little to stop Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. The QB completed 24 of 31 passes for 275 yards. He hit Heath Miller for a 1-yard score to give the Steelers (1-1) the lead late in the first half, then found Mike Wallace for a 37-yard strike early in the third quarter to break the game open.
“You can prep all you want, but there’s nothing you can do,” said Garret McIntyre. “He steps up, he steps out, he steps sideways. It’s amazing what he does back there.”
As for the Jets offense, there wasn’t much to talk about. Sanchez didn’t have the ball much, and when he did, the Steelers defense and secondary held their own against them.
Sanchez completed just 10 of 27 passes and was a miserable 6 of 17 in the second half, with two of those completions coming on a last-second stat-padding drive.
The Jets took leads of 7-3 and 10-6 behind steady play from Sanchez. He hit Holmes for a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap a 90-yard drive then put together a 12-play, 61-yard march that was capped by Nick Folk’s 38-yard field goal.
And that was about it. The team will look to regroup, as they were outplayed and outhit. Next week they are at Miami to play the 1-1 Dolphins.