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Steelers roll past Jets 31-13

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a first quarter touchdown with Alejandro Villanueva #78 and Chris Hubbard #74 while playing the New York Jets at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers haven’t reached their goal of scoring 30 points per game at this point in the season, but the last two weeks have shown they might be able to reach that plateau before the year is out.

The Steelers grabbed the lead just before halftime on a short touchdown pass to tight end Jesse James and they kept building it as the second half unfolded in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The end result was a 31-13 victory over the Jets that pushed their record to 4-1 on the season and ensured they’d end the day in sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

Ben Roethlisberger was rarely pressured while completing 34-of-47 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns. Sammie Coates had six catches for 141 yards and two scores while Antonio Brown had nine catches for 78 yards. Brown also scored, but he won’t be getting fined for too many pumps this week as he skipped them altogether in favor of handing the ball to a fan.

Le’Veon Bell added 88 receiving yards and 66 rushing yards in his second outing of the season and the Steelers offense has spent most of the last two weeks showing why they set such big goals for themselves this offseason. A trip to Miami, where the Dolphins were chewed up by the Titans on Sunday, is coming next week.

On a rare moment when the Jets got pressure on Roethlisberger, Leonard Williams forced a fumble that Sheldon Richardson recovered to give the Jets the ball down 11 with time to do something about it. The Jets drove near midfield, but opted to punt on fourth-and-two with 7:36 left to play in a decision that coach Todd Bowles will surely be asked to defend when he meets with the media.

The script was different this Sunday than it was in the last two Jets losses as Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided turnovers after throwing nine interceptions over the previous two games. The offense couldn’t sustain drives in the second half, however, and the lack of aggressiveness Bowles showed on that fourth down isn’t something the team could afford if they wanted a road win.

They’ll need to press the issue a bit more next week in Arizona or they’ll be 1-5 with dwindling reasons to believe that a postseason trip is in their future. That’s not the case in Pittsburgh, where everything appears to be coming together as hoped for the Steelers.

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24 Responses to “Steelers roll past Jets 31-13”
  1. realtruthteller100 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    antonio brown should be banned from the league for his discusting cleets honoring the anti american draft dodger casius clay (his real name).

  2. american69 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:13 PM

    I think its time to take Big Ben a little more seriously in the MVP discussion.

  3. ktimmmtb says: Oct 9, 2016 4:13 PM

    Somebody on the Jets staff needs to remind the defense that they can go after the quartrrback.
    Secondary stinks!

  4. ryann252013 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:16 PM

    If I am a Jets fan, Woody Johnson, or Mike Maccagnan I would be LIVID right now. Todd Bowles is wasting away a great roster with depth at the offensive line and they have hit on a few diamonds in the rough with Marcus Williams, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Jenkins and made good moves by trading for Clady and Marshall also the Darron Lee and Leonard Williams picks look good too. Bowles lack of time management and a pair of cahones has killed this team all year and last year against winning teams. It took almost 400 receiving yards against Revis to finally play him up on the receiver, now he’s playing Calvin Pryor in coverage when the kid broke out while playing up at the line last season. Too stubborn in his way when he hasnt won ANYTHING. I feel for Jets fans this team should not be 1-4.

  5. Stiller43 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:19 PM

    Wow. Just think what they could have done if they didn’t have an Oline that was in “disarray” today.

  6. clashpoint says: Oct 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    This is usually one of those classic “trap” games for the Steelers, where they play down to their opponents and lose a game they should win. Glad they came to play today and avoided that altogether. Now it’s on to Miami, next game up!

    Go Steelers!

  7. greglloydrules says: Oct 9, 2016 4:22 PM

    Tell us how you really feel. Banned for what?

  8. connfyoozed says: Oct 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    The Steelers looked efficient, both on offense and defense. Nothing fancy, nothing dynamic after the long TD pass to Coates. They just kept on doing what worked, and did it well on both sides of the ball.

    The Jets, on the other hand, looked like they rolled over and went to sleep in the second half. They had absolutely no fight in them whatsoever, and that sure extends to the head coach. Punting on 4th and 2 from your own 45, down 11 with 7 minutes left, when your defense hadn’t stopped the Steelers at all the previous 2 drives? Letting the Steelers burn 5 minutes off the clock and drive the ball 60 plus yards without using either of your 2 timeouts before the 2 minute warning? It’s as if Todd Bowles decided that the game was over long before it was.

  9. trainwrecksryan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:25 PM

    “antonio brown should be banned from the league for his discusting cleets honoring the anti american draft dodger casius clay (his real name).”

    So much anger, so many misspellings.

  10. theageofquarrel says: Oct 9, 2016 4:38 PM

    Steelers are the Kings Of The North!

  11. dispozblcopy says: Oct 9, 2016 4:53 PM

    Steelers are scary good when they’re firing on all cylinders. The game with the patriots will be great. Too bad they won’t see Denver during the regular season.

  12. 6ball says: Oct 9, 2016 5:03 PM

    .
    @stiller

    ” Wow. Just think what they could have done if they didn’t have an Oline that was in “disarray” today. ”

    ——

    You may want to hold off on Super Bowl parade for another week. The Jets defensive line with multiple high priced , high draft choice players decided not to compete. But not to worry, you’ve got the Patriots in town in two weeks and your all Hall of Fame offensive line can manhandle the New England for three consecutive hours. Are you still predicting Pittsburgh 45 New England 0?
    .

  13. fifel1144 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:06 PM

    Where is crownofthehelmet?

  14. zeke2517 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:08 PM

    “antonio brown should be banned from the league for his discusting cleets honoring the anti american draft dodger casius clay (his real name).”

    You should learn how to write.

  15. stainlesssteellegends says: Oct 9, 2016 7:04 PM

    7

  16. afactoryofsadnessnorth says: Oct 9, 2016 7:07 PM

    so are we done talking about the jets’ supposed great defense?

  17. maust1013 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:07 PM
    antonio brown should be banned from the league for his discusting cleets honoring the anti american draft dodger casius clay (his real name).
    ===================

    What is it with guys that have ‘truth’ and ‘fact’ in their names??

    Congrats to the Steelers on another good game. Looking forward to the match up in 2 weeks, should be a great one.

  18. dejc421 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:11 PM

    Steeler fans need to demand to management that those throwbacks be retired for good. You have an iconic uniform and then wear those ugly throwbacks.

  19. Stiller43 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:46 PM

    6ball says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:03 PM
    .

    You may want to hold off on Super Bowl parade for another week. The Jets defensive line with multiple high priced , high draft choice players decided not to compete. But not to worry, you’ve got the Patriots in town in two weeks and your all Hall of Fame offensive line can manhandle the New England for three consecutive hours. Are you still predicting Pittsburgh 45 New England 0?
    .
    __________

    What is your obsession with the score of 45-0 that nobody predicted? Or a superbowl parade/win that nobody predicted?

    “Still predicting” a 45 point win vs NE? Who predicted a win, let alone a shutout 45-0 victory? All I ever said was being down 1 starter wouldn’t put our Oline into disarray.

    Clown.

  20. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 9, 2016 8:18 PM

    Icing on the cake:

    Losses by The Browns, The Purple Browns, AND the Silly Stripe Browns

  21. draagull says: Oct 9, 2016 9:00 PM

    dejc421 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 7:11 PM

    Steeler fans need to demand to management that those throwbacks be retired for good. You have an iconic uniform and then wear those ugly throwbacks.

    I do believe this was the last game in those uniforms. They are to be retired now…

  22. steelcurtainn says: Oct 9, 2016 9:15 PM

    I know the refs cost them the game. Fill me in haters.
    On A serious note great game from the Steelers….not perfect but they got the win. Save perfect for the playoffs……..

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 9, 2016 9:44 PM

    Though mathematically not possible yet, this division is over. The only question at this point is which Steeler will get the nfl’s MVP this year.

    And fifel, you got a lil crush on me or something?

  24. american69 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:06 PM

    @crownofthehelmet as much as I’d like to believe you, this division is far from over. We still have the patriots, bengals, and ravens twice. Yes i think we are better than the ravens and bengals, but that doesn’t mean much when we play those 2 teams. We could easily drop 2 of those and the race will be wide open. I hope non of what I just said actually happens.

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