Know Your Opponent: Week 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Matthew Stalker with a Know Your Opponent for the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 5…

After another loss in Week 4 to the Seahawks, the New York Jets will travel to Pittsburgh for their Week 5 match-up where they will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Let’s get to know the Jets’ opponent for Week 5…

Offense
QB – Ben Roethlisberger
RB – Le’Veon Bell
WR – Antonio Brown
WR – Markus Wheaton
WR – Sammie Coates
TE – Jesse James
LT – Alejandro Villanueva
LG – Ramon Foster
C – Maurkice Pouncey
RG – David DeCastro
RT – Marcus Gilbert (out)

Analysis
There’s no doubt the Steelers come into Week 5 as one of the top offenses in the league and possibly the top in the AFC.  Let’s also keep in mind three of the first four weeks were without running back Le’Veon Bell, and now, a one-two punch of Bell and DeAngelo Williams is pretty good.  Injuries up front haven’t slowed down the rushing game or the ability to keep Roethlisberger clean through the first quarter of the season.  We all know what one of the top wideouts in the game, Antonio Brown, can do as well.  If you don’t, just take a look at his four catch, 64 yard, and two touchdown game from a week ago (all of which was in the first half by the way).  His body of work speaks for itself.  Pittsburgh may be a little short behind Brown, but Coates has complimented him well thus far. Overall, it’s an extremely talented, high-powered group in Pittsburgh.

Defense
LDE – Cameron Heyward
NT – Javon Hargrave
RDE – Stephon Tuitt
LOLB – Arthur Moats
LILB – Ryan Shazier (out)
RILB – Lawrence Timmons
ROLB – Jarvis Jones
LCB – William Gay
FS – Mike Mitchell
SS – Robert Golden (out)
RCB – Ross Cockrell

Analysis
The Pittsburgh defense has played well this season.  Their defensive line has done a great job at stopping the run, only allowing 78.3 yards per game on the ground, but their secondary has had a tough time surrendering yards to opposing quarterbacks at an average of 316.5 yards per game.  Their linebacker play on the inside has been good despite losing Ryan Shazier, but on the outside, other than James Harrison, the group has struggled.  Tackling proves to be a consistent issue across the defense, just like here in New York.

Special Teams
P – Jordan Berry
K – Chris Boswell
LS – Greg Warren
KR – Sammie Coates
PR – Antonio Brown

Analysis
Prior to the season, the Steelers released veteran kicker Shaun Suisham after he injured his knee in the Hall of Fame game before last season.  He missed the entire season after undergoing reconstructive surgery, hoping to work his way back into the starting role but a setback ended any hopes of a return.  Current kicker Chris Boswell emerged as a top kicker after he was signed in October last season.  On the season, Boswell has made three of four field goals and has made all 13 extra-point attempts.  Punter Jordan Berry has started the season great, averaging 47.8 yards per kick (18 punts) with seven inside the 20-yard line.

Prediction
Jets 20, Steelers 30
Record: 1-3

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