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The Steelers have their first win of the season

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It wasn’t always pretty, but the Steelers aren’t going to throw back their 19-6 victory over the Jets because it lacked style points.

The Pittsburgh defense picked up its first two takeaways of the season, harassed Geno Smith in the pocket all afternoon and did a lot of the heavy lifting on the way to their first win of the year. The Jets’ last gasp came with three minutes to play in the game as they drove into the red zone, but Jarvis Jones crushed Smith as he threw a pass and Lawrence Timmons picked the pass off to seal the victory. It was Smith’s second interception of a frustrating day that featured a blend of his own mistakes and a lack of competent receiving targets combining to add up to an 18-of-33 line for the rookie.

Ben Roethlisberger had a much better day, finishing 23-of-30 for 264 yards and no turnovers in his best performance of the season. The Jets defense did a good job of keeping Pittsburgh out of the end zone with the exception of a 55-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders that accounted for the only touchdown of the day for either team. Roethlisberger and the Steelers were able to avoid turnovers as well, a crucial change from past weeks even if the offense didn’t quite fire on all cylinders with the running game still stuck in the mud and the pass protection still shaky.

If the Steelers are going to turn this win into the springboard for a sustained turnaround, they’ll need to beat the Ravens at home next weekend. There was enough good on Sunday to make that seem realistic, which is as good as things have been for the Steelers since the season started.

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76 Responses to “The Steelers have their first win of the season”
  1. wearethesteelers says: Oct 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    This is the start of the 10-2 run we spoke of. We warned you all that we are coming, and here we come. This time we’re mad.

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    david decastro is a BUST.

  3. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    Geno looking like a rookie again this week…

    Jets secondary looking like a sieve again this week…

    Roethlisgerger & Co offense got the job done…

    Congrats on first win of season…

    Jets 3-3

  4. classyjacklambert says: Oct 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    No Clowney for is!

  5. cwk22 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:12 PM

    Congrats. Now my boss will finally be in a good mood Monday

  6. edgarpoe3 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    WTG Steelers! As a Ravens fan, the AFC North needs you to put a spark under our butts. Complacency has seemed to creep in the AFC North this year.

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    thats cute

  8. wmatthew760 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:20 PM

    I’m a big steelers fan but let’s be realistic we beat an over achieving team. Let’s see if next week we can beat an underachieving team

  9. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:21 PM

    FINALLY!

  10. melikefootball says: Oct 13, 2013 4:22 PM

    Finally can mark a W on the schedule sheet.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 13, 2013 4:23 PM

    edgarpoe3 says:
    Oct 13, 2013 4:15 PM
    WTG Steelers! As a Ravens fan, the AFC North needs you to put a spark under our butts. Complacency has seemed to creep in the AFC North this year.

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    Report comment. I think the realization the ravens aren’t that good is more factual.

    Where is joeflaccomontana ….? Oh that’s right he is locked in his room pouting and stamping his foot….

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2013 4:27 PM

    phew!

  13. 561bengal says: Oct 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    Hey Ravens! The Steelers are only 2 games behind you.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2013 4:29 PM

    wmatthew760 says:

    I’m a big steelers fan but let’s be realistic
    ____________________

    Lol realistic and wearethesteelers in the same reference is an oxymoron.

  15. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Oct 13, 2013 4:37 PM

    Finally! Wasn’t pretty but at least the stupid knock-knock jokes can stop.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2013 4:47 PM

    Technically, 561bengal, it’s a game and a half behind.

  17. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 13, 2013 4:53 PM

    Does this mean they get the ping pong table back?

  18. wearethesteelers says: Oct 13, 2013 5:00 PM

    To all the Steeler fans that went missing and suddenly reappeared today — you are not true fans. Go root for the Cardinals.

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    Nice win. Considering the state of the Steeler offensive line, it’s impressive Roethlisberger wasn’t killed.

  20. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 5:14 PM

    It’s about time. Maybe we can at least aim for respectability.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 13, 2013 5:37 PM

    Steelers got lucky. Their luck runs out next week in a way that will shock the nation.

  22. mikebrownfeedsondreams says: Oct 13, 2013 5:41 PM

    I remember my first win.

  23. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:06 PM

    I wish I lived in the delusional world of JMF. His offense performs worse then the steelers, the lose a game at home while being favored and it wasn’t even as close as the score or raven stats suggest. Not saying the steelers are going to win hands down but the way the ravens have played all season wouldn’t fill me with confidence.

  24. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 13, 2013 6:13 PM

    Goody for them.

    Now let’s see them beat a GOOD team…

  25. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:22 PM

    We’ll have to wait until week 8 to see if they can beat a good team

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 13, 2013 6:25 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Oct 13, 2013 5:37 PM
    Steelers got lucky. Their luck runs out next week in a way that will shock the nation.

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    Report comment. Ah the man of education and culture speaks. Does 4/29 and a generous spot sound like luck to you? Steelers didn’t have any of those today…time for a new tack skippy!

  27. koenig61 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:27 PM

    Wasn’t a pretty win? Does that mean it wasn’t arena style football where each teams trades scores? I know the NFL wants high scoring games it’s evident from the rules changes. But I miss smash mouth football. It wasn’t as if the jets played horribly, or the steelers were given the win. It was a good old fashioned earn every yard you get game, and not a throw the ball down fire hope for a PI call or a complete pass.

  28. scoobies05 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:52 PM

    funny jm….ravens fan feel the same way

  29. steelcurtainn says: Oct 13, 2013 6:55 PM

    And A lot more wins to come……be prepared ravens, you are going down.

  30. steelcurtainn says: Oct 13, 2013 7:04 PM

    Steelers got lucky. Their luck runs out next week in a way that will shock the nation.

    “and what will be your excuse when the steelers beat the ravens next week……….lucky……oh the same words the ravens used to luckily beat the broncos in the divisionals last year……the ravens were shut out again to a bad packers defense in the first half………the ravens offense is who we know they are.

  31. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:05 PM

    So scoobs , afraid you might not win against the dreaded bye week ?

  32. scmems07 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:14 PM

    Smith back to being what he really is, terrible. Even tebow had a good game here and there.

  33. xcerebus1 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:16 PM

    Thank you God for giving us a seven day reprieve from hearing about the Jets being ‘for real’ and hearing about their possible matchups in the Superbowl this year.

  34. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 13, 2013 7:18 PM

    “I wish I lived in the delusional world of JMF. His offense performs worse then the steelers, the lose a game at home while being favored and it wasn’t even as close as the score or raven stats suggest”

    Ravens were not favored. So that shows you don’t know what you’re talking about. And I see it took only one win against a hobbled team to restore all the arrogance and empty bravado that has come to be the calling card of the Steeler fan base.

  35. edgarpoe3 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:26 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Oct 13, 2013 4:47 PM
    Technically, 561bengal, it’s a game and a half behind.
    ——————————
    It’s really 2 1/2 games out.

  36. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:51 PM

    JMF, I apologize, the ravens were not favored to win.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:52 PM

    But JMF, you still do live in a delusional world.

  38. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 13, 2013 8:06 PM

    With Flacco finally being exposed for his typical zero production (I mean ZERO points at the half, THREE points by the fourth quarter lol), and no bailout this time by the defense and special teams doing the scoring for him, the Ravens are back to normal. It’s looking good for the Steelers going into next week. At least if they can keep a Ravens safety or punt returner from scoring… because Flacco certainly can’t do it on his own.

  39. holeinone09 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:14 PM

    Finally! And it feels good to get the win on the road, and get some turnovers. Very happy for the team. Right off the bat they are down an offensive lineman when Brown got hurt pre-game, but yet they got it done.

    I would like see some genius criticize Ben’s game today and expect any credibility. Ben was nothing short of masterful while getting harrassed most of the game by the Jets rush. He protected the ball. A TD pass was dropped, good thing they didn’t need more points.

    Now, the Ravens game next week becomes really big.

  40. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:33 PM

    The Steelers haven’t looked this good since the last time they played the Jets. I have no idea how important those two takeaways were by the Steelers’ defense, but the quarterback not giving the game away meant everything.
    As far as “Ben being masterful”: Did you happen to see Brady against a pretty good New Orleans team? Our standards are so low in Pittsburgh. It’s a shame, really…

  41. bengals512003 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:44 PM

    How sweet got a win over a very bad team hahaha

  42. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:44 PM

    Bobzilla, both turnovers came when the jets were driving, could very easily been a 6, 10, or 14 point swing. The jets have a good defense. Ben had a 76.7% completion rating and no turn overs. He avoided 1 safety and a few other sacks to be sacked only 3 times. Props to Brady and his last minute TD pass to win, but the Pats have nothing to do with the Steelers-Jets game.

  43. citizenstrange says: Oct 13, 2013 8:47 PM

    knock knock
    who’s there
    Juan
    Juan who?
    Juan and four!

  44. citizenstrange says: Oct 13, 2013 8:49 PM

    When you only need your quarterback to get one touchdown for your team to win sometimes Roethlisberger can come through.

  45. steelchampions says: Oct 13, 2013 8:53 PM

    It’s only one win and it wasn’t pretty, but when you’re 0-4; a win is all that matters. Keep on roll’n boys.

    Would have liked to know if Levi Brown had anything to offer; the Steelers might have to find another O-lineman to replace him if they have any hope of keeping Adams inactive.

  46. holeinone09 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:57 PM

    Bobz, I realize you don’t care for Ben. That’s fine, your opinion. But are you trying to tell knowledgable football fans that Ben didn’t have a great game, and with the rush, lack of a big ground game, etc? Did you even watch the game? He got out of a safety when he was stormed by the rush, should have easily had another TD that was dropped, and protected the ball. What more do you want him to do, play defense too? Block? What? Be honest, if you can.

    I also saw Brady resemble a statue a week ago and play a horrible game when he was rushed like Ben has had to suffer. Did you watch that game bobz?

  47. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Oct 13, 2013 8:33 PM
    The Steelers haven’t looked this good since the last time they played the Jets. I have no idea how important those two takeaways were by the Steelers’ defense, but the quarterback not giving the game away meant everything.
    As far as “Ben being masterful”: Did you happen to see Brady against a pretty good New Orleans team? Our standards are so low in Pittsburgh. It’s a shame, really…

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    Report comment. Have a glass of prune juice take your dog for a walk then go to bed as you must be tired from bashing Ben. Even in victory you are miserable…..pitiful life grumpy.

  48. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 13, 2013 9:10 PM

    Report comment. Have a glass of prune juice take your dog for a walk then go to bed as you must be tired from bashing Ben. Even in victory you are miserable…..pitiful life grumpy.

    Hahahahaha! The cannibal is back hurling mean spirited insults at fellow Steelers’ fans. How long before he resumes all the sick underwear comments? Oh, I see. Redskins are losing again. No wonder he’s agitated.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 13, 2013 9:19 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Oct 13, 2013 9:10 PM
    Report comment. Have a glass of prune juice take your dog for a walk then go to bed as you must be tired from bashing Ben. Even in victory you are miserable…..pitiful life grumpy.

    Hahahahaha! The cannibal is back hurling mean spirited insults at fellow Steelers’ fans. How long before he resumes all the sick underwear comments? Oh, I see. Redskins are losing again. No wonder he’s agitated.

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    Report comment. Ah skippy, not hiding after a loss …very big of of you little fella. I see by your mean spirit comment that your hypocritical attitude is still sharp. Not a redskin fan little Timmy…could care less…very happy the boys from culture city lost.

  50. scoobies05 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:29 PM

    so ampats, please explain the points the ravens did score with flacco…or do they not count

  51. scoobies05 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:31 PM

    we got the bye week well in hand jm. glad to see steeler fans such as yourself so excited about getting win number 1 after 4 previous tries. have an iron city on me my friend

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2013 9:33 PM

    wrong edgar, the steelers having one less loss makes the 1/2 game swing to the good.

  53. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2013 9:39 PM

    jmf, you didn’t watch enough of the Steeler game to give an accurate assessment, for 2 reasons: 1. Ravens we’re playing at the same time, and 2. your eyes were teared up for the whole game, other than the last few minutes of garbage time.

  54. jmblosser82 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:42 PM

    Scoobs, I know there is still plenty of work to do, my tune has not changed after the first loss. The difference between you and me, one of us knows our fav team needs work. My team isn’t defending champs with an overpaid QB, so all the pressure is on the Ravens.

  55. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:49 PM

    The Steelers are 2-7 in Roethlisberger’s past nine starts. They’ve beaten the Browns and the Jets. I’m excited!!!
    I’m hoisting my prune juice to Big Ben, the almighty conqueror!!!
    Meanwhile, racking up high completion rates and lots of passing yardage are pretty much the norm in today’s NFL. The rules are designed to make quarterbacks look good, even the Thad Lewises of the world…
    Congrats, Ben, for not turning the ball over. Have a prune juice on me, my man!!!

  56. kev86 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:51 PM

    Boring game by two mediocre teams.

  57. koenig61 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:57 PM

    Just knew I could count on Bobzilla lol. Must be tough going through life so miserable all of the time. I hope you realize all of those thumbs up on your posts are for people who hate the steelers, so don’t for a second think that most steeler fans agree with you on your Ben is overrated rants. But if somehow at the end of the day that makes you few better, go for it. The team had a victory, allow fans to enjoy it. How many QBs would have gotten out of that safety? On a side note, you sound like you might to start drinking that prune juice, as you have the bitterness of an old man who is constipated.

  58. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 13, 2013 10:00 PM

    bobzilla, aren’t you in the least bit happy the steelers won?

  59. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 11:26 PM

    koenig61 says:

    Wasn’t a pretty win? Does that mean it wasn’t arena style football where each team trades scores? I know the NFL wants high scoring games it’s evident from the rules changes. But I miss smash mouth football.
    —————————————————
    BOOM!!! What he said!!!!

  60. pfunk1971 says: Oct 14, 2013 4:10 AM

    58 comments after one win, mostly by trolls = nervous

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 14, 2013 6:29 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Oct 13, 2013 7:18 PM
    “I wish I lived in the delusional world of JMF. His offense performs worse then the steelers, the lose a game at home while being favored and it wasn’t even as close as the score or raven stats suggest”

    Ravens were not favored. So that shows you don’t know what you’re talking about. And I see it took only one win against a hobbled team to restore all the arrogance and empty bravado that has come to be the calling card of the Steeler fan base.

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    Report comment. Translation is I wish we won today and my foot is sore from stomping on the ground. Arrogance and empty bravado…..those are your calling cards Timmy.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 14, 2013 7:21 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:00 PM
    bobzilla, aren’t you in the least bit happy the steelers won?

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    Report comment. Crown, that is as happy as grumpy gets as he has to contain his joy lest the prune juice does its job.

  63. jr4real says: Oct 14, 2013 7:39 AM

    Anyone who thinks the problem is Ben has no idea how this game works. That fool Haley runs that bs play on the goal line. He should be fired immediately for his incompetence.

  64. steelerben says: Oct 14, 2013 8:10 AM

    dlk47823 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 2:31 PM
    SteelerBen- Your QB calls his own team,” the worst in the league” and you’re talking about the Jets locker room??? See you Sunday.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Saw you on Sunday. Wasn’t impressed.

    The Steelers generated a couple of turnovers and won the football game, which was great. But they couldn’t score touchdowns, even with first and goal to go situations. The running game needs a lot of work, the offensive line still isn’t looking any good and the defense was giving up 4.2 yards per carry. Sanders put the ball on the ground and, even though it wasn’t lost, ball security needs to be top priority.

    The Steelers still have a lot of work to do if they are going to have a competitive game with the Ravens. Even though Flacco hasn’t been playing particularly well, that Ravens squad is a far better team than the Jets fielded on Sunday.

    I’m excited about the win, but the team didn’t suddenly get better because of it.

  65. lp0320 says: Oct 14, 2013 8:20 AM

    It starts with one win folks – we need to win next week, and the week after, etc.

    To the Ben haters: how does this quarterback manage to get up after getting hit after he delivers the ball, with no penalty called??? His offensive line is the worst in pro football, runs for his life and never once complains. Unlike Brady, Flacco, Rodgers, et al, he never ever throws his players under the bus.

    If he had a decent offensive line, imagine the possibilities. So whether you like him or you don’t, give the man his due. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league who has taken hits that most others wouldn’t walk away from.

  66. mostlombardisintheleague says: Oct 14, 2013 8:30 AM

    @bobzilla, watch the game again and look at the lasers Ben was threading the needle with against the No. 2 defense in the NFL while he was as usual running for his life. How much time did Brady and Brees have last night in the pocket ? A lot more than Ben did. Antonio Brown had a perfect bullseye TD pass and bobbled it away – I guess that was Ben’s fault.

  67. southcarolinamike says: Oct 14, 2013 8:39 AM

    Bobzilla,
    How important were the turnovers? The Steelers were +2 yesterday. +1 = 63% chance of winning. +2 = 84% chance of winning. They were the difference in the game. Ben not turning it over but taking what was there was a huge help also.

  68. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 14, 2013 8:44 AM

    Did everyone see Todd Haley call six WR screens in one game ?

  69. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 14, 2013 9:13 AM

    @6lombardis, Haley must not have been feeling well to only call six.

  70. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 14, 2013 9:43 AM

    @crown, I thought I was watching the NFL’s version of Ground Hog Day.

  71. ledzep826 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    joeflaccomontana still talking after his beloved ravens lost at home ,scored 0 points in the first half, their elite qb looks horrendous and their running back is just spinning his wheels in place they are an average team face the facts .YOUR RUN LAST YEAR WAS PURE LUCK. isnt that right wearethesteelers-joeflaccomontana

  72. steel2372 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:52 AM

    doctorrustbelt says: Oct 13, 2013 4:08 PM

    david decastro is a BUST.

    Have you watched him play? The guy is great at pulling and blocking on run plays. I’m not sure where you get bust. He actually has played better than anyone else on that line.

  73. steel2372 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    Congrats Steelers on first win. They looked great yesterday on defense and offense. Finally a game where everyone clicked. Go Steelers! Hopefully this was the break we needed to get things rolling

  74. youcallthatreporting says: Oct 14, 2013 11:09 AM

    Congratulations Steeler fans you probably blew your chance of drafting in the top 5. You’re no longer tied for last in the league, you are tied for second to last. There are 25 teams with better records including the Raiders, Panthers, and Browns to name a few.

  75. pabrownsfan says: Oct 14, 2013 11:30 AM

    Congratulations Steeler nation from a non troll.

  76. flaccothewacko says: Oct 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    JMF- It’s easy to comment on football when you live in your parents basement. BTW, Flacco can’t even hold Montana’s jock strap and he never will be able to. Flacco is an average OVERPAID QB. The Ratbirds will lose next week in the City of Champions.

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