Steelers leap back into lead before half

AP

The Steelers started the first half of their game against the Jets with a bang, went quiet for a long stretch and then closed with another one to ensure they’d head to the locker room with a lead.

It’s 14-13 Steelers after tight end Jesse James caught a one-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive. It was Roethlisberger’s second scoring pass of the day after he hit Sammie Coates for a 72-yard score on the third offensive play and closed out a 16-of-23 half for the Steelers quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a good half as well for the Jets as he avoided interceptions while completing 14-of-18 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Marshall. That scoring pass might have been a sign that it’s a good day for Fitzpatrick as it went right through Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell’s hands on the way to Marshall.

The Steelers lost defensive end Cam Heyward to a hamstring injury ahead of that Jets scoring drive. He’s been deemed questionable to return by the team. The Jets, meanwhile, probably won’t get linebacker David Harris back after calling him doubtful to return from a hamstring injury of his own.