It wasn’t a close game at the Meadowlands between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers despite the final score of 20 – 13.
The New York Jets controlled the game in the stunning win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The New York Jets made four turnovers and committed none themselves in their wild 20 – 13 victory over the Steelers.
The Jets defense played to win as Jaiquawn Jarrett had a career day with two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery and should be a strong candidate for the NFL’s defensive player of the week. Leger Douzable added a sack of his own as the Jets defense kept Pittsburgh reeling throughout the game.
There was no steel curtain and no reason to waive any towels other than to signal the Steelers loss to the Jets.
There will be No dubious record for the New York Jets who are now 2 – 8, escaping the 1 – 9 historical record.
Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes, one to TJ Graham, a 67 yard bullet and the other to Jace Amaro in the endzone for a total of 132 yards for a Quarterback Rating of 116 and 17.18 fantasy points (#6 for QB’s). Vick also rushed for 39 yards with a long of 18 yards as he scrambled to avoid the rush or convert the play.
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The Jets spread the ball around to five different receivers and four different backs including Harvin playing a balanced game.
“All right!” “Man this win feels good” Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game. “Finally!”
Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes each these last two games and speculation was that he could do the same against the Jets “No-Name” cornerbacks.
To the naysayers dismay Jets fans showed up in numbers too big to ignore. The MetLife Stadium crowd was less than half filled with Terrible Towel carrying Steelers fans, much to the chagrin of New York’s sports beat writer’s.
It was a historical game for the Jets, but for a different reason than predicted as Michael Vick, became the first quarterback in NFL history to run for 6,000 career yards.
The victory helped quell frustrations Jets fans have had of late.. However, there remains a small number of fans with derogatory comments to share. One of whom ( an NFL covered female fan) had a streaming banner plane reading “fire John Idzik” circle the practice field wednesday while GM-Idzik, Rex Ryan and owner woody Johnson briefly glanced up during practice to see. Other “fans” are making money; buying billboards and selling tee shirts, stating the same.
C and C Football Factory’ podcast interviewed one of those responsible for the billboards -tee shirt sales: “Greg” on Sunday.Podcast interview of – Fire John Idzik billboard buyer: click here.
Vick’s 67 yard dart to Graham was a thing of beauty and caught the Steelers defense off guard. It’s also the longest completion for the Jets since Geno Smith connected with Santonio Holmes for 69 yards in Game 3 of the 2013 season.
The Jets defense was hot as Muhammad Wilkerson forced a fumble by Antonio Brown and Jarrett recovered. Jets first since Week 5.
The Jets played a disciplined game in general with good ball control. They did however get lucky on the Michael Vick possible fumble that wasn’t called.
Defensively, Demario Davis had 11 tackles with Jarrett behind him at 7 as defensive leaders.
It appeared that Jason Babin didn’t hear the whistle calling the play dead while he was in motion, which resulted in a penalty. Willie Colon got two costly penalties which resulted in the end of a drive, but all things considered, the mistakes and 100 yard totals in penalties seemed to be a thing of the past. The were prepared and heeded the calls of some of the veteran players in recent weeks, to be just that.
The Steelers looked to be on their way to their first score with a drive in the second quarter but at the Jets ten yard line Steelers QB-Ben Roethlisberger had his pass tipped by “No-Name” cornerback Marcus Williams right into Jaiquan Jarrett’s hands. Jarrett got his second interception – and third takeaway overall, on the Steelers’ opening drive of the second half.
The football God’s smiled upon the Jets this day as they only had 3 takeaways coming into this game.
Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter made it 20-3.
In the fourth Pittsburgh had 1st & goal to go from the 1, but was stopped by the Jets defense on four straight plays. Suisham’s 27-yarder made it 20-6 with 7:21 left.
“Big” Ben Roethlisberger finished the day, 30 of 43 for 343 yards, connecting with Martavis Bryant for a meaningless 80-yard TD with 1:16 left in the game.
(Basically a 20-6 game)
Quite simply, the Jets were not going to be denied this win. The “gut-check” came through. They were prepared and looked and played as if their record should be 8 – 2 not the unbelievable 2 – 8 that it is as they head into their bye week 11.
Also of note was the absence of embattled safety Calvin Pryor. Pryor has been taking criticism since the start of the season for failing to progress. As a Jets top draft pick this year Pryor has failed to grasp the defensive scheme and his responsibilities in it; as well as his failure to overcome his poor tackling technique. Time will tell if he’ll become the defensive star he appears capable and willing, to be. Strong coaching well improve his game greatly.
In addition, the Jets allowed an 80 touchdown pass in the waning minute of the game and only scored one touchdown on four Steelers turnovers. Shockingly, Nick Folk missed a 45 yard field goal attempt. Something you just don’t see from him.
The Jets come out of their bye week facing the Buffalo Bill’s for the second time this season. Expect to see a prepared Jets team and a very different outcome as the Jets appear to be playing as a team in all the facets of the game.
Yes, their are still deficiencies at the cornerback position, but these “No-Names” held their own and more this week. Don’t be surprised if they believe in themselves while the defensive front continues to pressure opponents.
Together they’ll support the offense that is taking shape with a confident Michael Vick at the helm, has stopped turning over the ball and drastically cut down on penalty yards.
Of note: Next man up, Guard Oday Aboushi has had a solid performance in his replacement of injured Brian Winters. No small accomplishment as he protects left handed quarterback Michael Vicks blind side.
Congratulations to our New York Jets on a solid performance against a Steelers team that was hot coming into this game.
by Jim Boyd @OneJetDrive on Twitter & Facebook