New York Jets Week 2 – Early Thoughts On Jets/Steelers

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A collection of early thoughts on the New York Jets week 2 match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers…stay with us all day today at TOJ as we have a roundtable discussion on the game coming later, along with new content from Mike Donnelly and Chris Gross

1. Regardless of the flaws on Pittsburgh’s offensive line and disappointing showing of their defense in week 1. This is a very tough match-up for the Jets. Heinz Field is never an easy place to play, nevermind when the Steelers are 0-1 and desperate for a victory. A win on Sunday would truly put the league on notice that the Jets are a legitimate contender in the AFC.

2. Early indications are that Darrelle Revis is going to play despite a mild concussion. The logic match-up is to put him on Antonio Brown, put Antonio Cromartie on Mike Wallace and come after Ben Roethlisberger like crazy in an attempt to take advantage of their struggling offensive line.

3. The players on Pittsburgh’s offense who have the ability to hurt the Jets the most are Emmanuel Sanders, Heath Miller and Jonathan Dwyer. We all know the history of slot receivers and tight ends taking advantage of Rex Ryan’s defense since he took over the Jets. This is a big week for Kyle Wilson and for the Jets new safeties, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, to show their ability in coverage. The reason I say Dwyer is because Pittsburgh has ran the ball down the Jets throat in their previous two meetings and Dwyer looks to be the workhorse back this week.

4. The Jets will receive a nice boost to their run defense if Sione Pouha returns to the line-up. Chris Gross will discuss this later in his film breakdown but the defense missed badly missed him last week at nose tackle. It will also be interesting to see if Eric Smith can play, as he would provide a boost to the special teams.

5. We will get a nice barometer of just how legitimate the Jets passing offense is this week. Pittsburgh has a seemingly endless collection of pass rushers and will receive Ryan Clark back at safety. Mark Sanchez played well both times the Jets went to Pittsburgh in 2010 and you know Santonio Holmes will be fired up for his return. Tony Sparano must stay aggressive in the passing game to keep balance on offense. It will be interesting to see how Stephen Hill responds to the extra attention he should likely receive now from opposing defenses.

6. If Mark Sanchez is playing like he did last week, I’d prefer even less of the Wildcat than we saw last week. Give the extra carries to Bilal Powell, particularly the edge rushes which Shonn Greene lacks the speed for.

7. What in the world would be the justification by the national media for a Jets win this week? Pittsburgh is having a down year? We won’t be impressed until they play Houston or San Francisco? Who knows…

8. It will be good to see Jerricho Cotchery again.

  • http://ng4 realityville

    Lets not put the hoarse before the carrage… The Steelers are still the better team. For one they have Ben at QB and better Weapons…I dont see us gettin a win this week.

  • mike

    This will be the start of the fall for Sanchez… Denver did a great job beating up Pittsbourgh, but I don’t see the Steelers losing two in a row – it ain’t happen’n… Sanchez is going to come out AND Panick… if the Run the Wildcat on Pittsbourgh like they did last week, Tebow won’t get anywhere… but… if the Jets allow Tebow to throw and put Sanchez in as a WR, TE… Tebow can beat the Steelers – but only if the Jets Defense shows up…. Tebow can pass – he’s gotta be given the faith by the Jets control freaks – last week watching Tebow hand off and run was a big disapointment… Tebow gets his best runs from broken down pass situations… the Jets need to look at last years Broncos tapes – OBVIOUSLY they didn’t good enough for last weeks game plan… but, hey, if Tebow comes out throwing, then we’ll know the Jets are “thinking” and if they beat the Steelers – The Jets will be a legitamate contender this season….