New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 10/13/13
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) at New York Jets (3-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets 2 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Jets will look to build on their impressive Monday Night victory over the Atlanta Falcons as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers who are coming off a bye and looking for their first victory of the season.
The Steelers are off to an 0-4 start and are looking up the mountain in the AFC standings coming off the bye week, but with some uncertainty in the AFC North and no one team taking over, it is still plausible that the Steelers can right the ship, though it is very unlikely. Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t had time to do much of anything this season, especially since all pro center Maurkice Pouncey went down and with the Jets defense coming off a stellar effort against the Falcons, you can be sure they’ll be ready to go against the Steelers in this one. Pittsburgh does have some playmakers in Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Leveon Bell, but they need to get all of them working in sync and get into an offensive rhythm that will generate success so that they can keep their defense off the field for as long as possible. Pittsburgh heads into MetLife stadium desperate for a victory, but with New York soaring at the moment it might prove difficult for the Steelers to get their first win on the road against Gang Green.
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The Jets, as mentioned, shocked the world on Monday night as they played their best game of the season at the Georgia Dome and left with a huge victory that keeps them on the heels of the Patriots for top spot in the AFC East. Geno Smith had his best game as a professional and with the three headed rushing attack finally getting to play together with Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, and Mike Goodson all getting snaps the Jets can start to feel a little more comfortable on offense. New York returns home looking to hand the Steelers their fifth straight loss and if their defense can replicate their effort against the Falcons and shut down the passing game from Roethlisberger to Brown, they can focus more of their attention on the run and totally disrupt the Steeler offense. This is a tough game to call as the Jets seem to get up for the big games like they did on Monday night, but can just as easily turn around and fall flat the next week, which is what I’m weary of here. Either way, I think the Steelers will come out with their best effort of the season as they’re coming off a week’s rest and I see a strong outing from Bell in the backfield, which will go a long way in dictating the pace of the game. Taking the Steelers to cover.