Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets 10/13/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 19, New York Jets 6
October 13, 2013
The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets’ Week 6 game promised to be a hard-hitting, physical battle, and that’s exactly what we got. The Steelers came into this game without a win, but they were rested and ready after a Week 5 bye and were ready to create some momentum for the rest of the season. The Jets, meanwhile, were on short rest after a big Monday night win over the Falcons and needed a victory to keep pace with the rest of the AFC East.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and important statistics from this one as we break down the game. Week 7 is just around the corner, so we’ll also peek into the future to see what’s on tap for both teams.
What Happened: Just as most of us expected, defense ruled in the first half. The Steelers were bottled up in the run game, but found some success and offensive rhythm with screen passing and over-the-middle work as the game wore on. The Jets played things pretty safe with their young quarterback, opting for safe throws and reliance on the rush. There were a couple of missed opportunities for big plays from both sides, and things evened out pretty well for a 9-6 Pittsburgh lead at the break.
The second half was a different story. The Steelers were able to open things up a little bit, hitting some big throws to take advantage of the Jets’ vulnerable secondary. On the other side, New York couldn’t really find a rhythm in the passing game, resulting in some drive-killing mistakes that thwarted any chance they had at keeping pace. After a big interception that officially iced the game, the Steelers would emerge victorious by a final score of 19-6.
Pittsburgh moves to 1-4 with the win, while New York falls back to .500 at 3-3. The Jets have now lost three straight to the Steelers.
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The Stars: We figured Ben Roethlisberger would be the difference-maker in this one, and he certainly was. He was efficient and poised in the face of the Jets’ pass rush, resulting in a 23-for-30 passing line for 264 yards and a pair of scores. Benefiting from the solid passing day were Antonio Brown (nine receptions, 86 yards), Heath Miller (six receptions, 84 yards) and Emmanuel Sanders (70 yards and a TD).
We’ll also give a shout-out to the Steelers defense here. They finally had a big afternoon and tallied their first two takeaways of the season.
The Goats: The flip-side of Roethlisberger’s passing success came at the expense of New York CB Antonio Cromartie, who was picked on the entire game. He was left with no safety help at a few inopportune times, resulting in a long TD and a big pass interference penalty. Cromartie was actually questionable heading into the game, so his injuries likely had something to do with the poor performance--not to mention being abandoned in favor of the blitz.
Rookie QB Geno Smith couldn’t provide much help on the offensive end, as he made an overthrow on a sure TD in the first half and tossed two ugly interceptions in the second as part of his many accuracy issues. He showed some life in the hurry-up during the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Smith’s final line would be 19-for-34 for 201 yards and two interceptions.
Injuries: Even before kickoff, Pittsburgh was dealing with some unfortunate injury news. New OT Levi Brown sustained a triceps injury during warm-ups and wasn’t able to play. That considered, their offensive line held up surprisingly well.
For New York, the absences of Santonio Holmes and Dee Milliner were certainly felt throughout the game. There were a couple of injury scares mixed in there to Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates, but on the whole they should be okay for next week.
Outlook: The Steelers can breathe a big sigh of relief now that they’ve officially bagged their first win of the season. The celebration won’t last long, though; they’ve got a big showdown with their divisional rival Ravens at home in Week 7.
As for the Jets, they’ll need to go back to the drawing board this week and come up with an offensive scheme that’s Geno-friendly but not overaggressive. They’ll host the Patriots in a key AFC East matchup.
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