Sunday, September 16, 2012

Steelers Answer Week One Loss with Impressive 27-10 Thumping of Jets

For the second straight season, the Steelers answered a road loss in week one with a very impressive home-opening win in week two. Last year, after getting blown out by the Ravens in week one, the Steelers came home to Heinz Field and thumped the Seahawks, 24-0. This season, after a disappointing road loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last Sunday night, the Steelers opened up the home portion of their schedule with an impressive 27-10 victory over the New York Jets.

Ben Roethlisberger led an efficient-to-spectacular passing attack, going 24/31 for 275 yards, and two touchdowns, including a remarkable 37 yard score to Mike Wallace, who made an acrobatic catch in the end zone, barely getting both feet in-bounds. The running attack, led by Isaac Redman, only accumulated 66 yards, but the offense did possess the football for over 36 minutes.

After looking shaky on the Jets first two possessions, the Steelers defense looked sharp the rest of the way, limiting Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to 138 yards and only one touchdown. New York's ground game was slightly more impressive than Pittsburgh's, but only slightly as Shonn Greene and company racked up just 90 yards.

The Steelers head out west next week to take on the 0-2 Oakland Raiders.

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