Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets 11/9/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 10 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 9, 2014
Mixed in the Sunday slate in the NFL’s Week 10 action, we had an AFC battle between the Steelers and the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Pittsburgh was coming off a solid win over the Ravens, and needed this one to keep pace in the AFC North. Meanwhile, the Jets just can’t seem to do anything right this year and dropped another game to the Chiefs in Week 9. For the most part, this ended up being a pretty one-sided affair, but not in the way most people thought.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats in this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll check out Week 11 so we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Steelers lost this game in the first quarter. Mistake after mistake, coupled with the Jets’ sudden ability to move the ball down the field on offense, led to an early lead New York would never relinquish.
The scoring started in the first on a Nick Folk 23-yard field goal after a 72-yard opening drive. A short time later, T.J. Graham caught a 67-yard bomb from Michael Vick to make it 10-0. On the Jets’ next drive, Jace Amaro caught a TD pass of his own to put New York up 17-0 after one.
The Steelers didn’t get on the board until the second quarter was running out, notching three points on a 53-yarder from Shaun Suisham to make it 3-17 at the break.
After halftime, the Jets were able to post a 30-yard field goal from Nick Foles to get the lead back up to 17 heading into the final quarter.
Suisham hit pay dirt again with a 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth, and Pittsburgh showed some late life on an improbable 80-yard bomb from Ben Roethlisberger to Martavis Bryant to make it 20-13.
Pittsburgh tried one final onside kick, but was unable to come up with the ball. A few kneel-downs later, and the Jets had just their second win of the season, halting an ugly eight-game losing streak.
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The Stars: We’ll start with the Jets’ running game, which was the star attraction here. As a team, New York scampered for 150 yards on 36 carries. That helped them win the possession battle and keep the Steelers offense off the field.
On defense, the Jets finally woke up. Aside from a few lapses in judgment, they were solid, limiting Pittsburgh to 36 yards rushing and creating four turnovers. Jaiquawn Jarrett had an amazing day with two picks, a fumble recovery, 10 tackles and a sack.
On the other side, Bryant had a good game statistically with 143 yards and a score on four grabs.
The Goats: Usually he fits in the “Star” category, but Antonio Brown deserves his share of the blame for his two fumbles. Shaun Suisham also missed a chip-shot field goal and whiffed pretty hard on the last onside kick.
One thing the Jets did badly was their total on penalties. They had nine for 75 yards, including a few brutally stupid ones.
Injuries: Both teams got out of this one pretty clean, but Pittsburgh was missing a host of key players, including Troy Polamalu, Shamarko Thomas, Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier and Ross Ventrone.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, the Steelers will get another road game, but this one will be in primetime. They’ll visit the Titans on “Monday Night Football.” (Nov. 17; 8:30 PM ET on ESPN.)
Meanwhile, the Jets will be resting and getting players healthy. They’re on a bye.
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