TJP:It seemed like the running game had a tough time getting going against Denver. The Jets are a tough team to run against, do you think your Steelers will be up to the task?
NPC:I think so. I expect Jonathan Dwyer to get more touches than he did against Denver. In fact the running game did very well with Dwyer taking carries – that didn’t happen until the second quarter and then they had to stop the run in the 4th quarter once they fell behind. As battered as the offensive line has been, they are sealing off blitzes to give the backs a chance to bounce outside for a positive gain.
TJP:Is there anyone on the Jets offense you see being a tough matchup for the Steelers?
NPC:I can see Shonn Greene being problematic for the Steelers defense. If the Steelers are forced to play a more spread zone defense with the Jets going 3 or 4 wide, then he could be trouble. Currently, the defensive line and inside LB’s are having a tough time eating up blockers and making holes for our OLB’s and safeties. If they can’t be up to that task on Sunday, Greene could have a big day of 100+ yards and an average of over 5 YPC.
TJP:How about a prediction for the game?
NPC:I think it stays close the whole game. Each team has at least one big offensive play for a score, but for the most part are kept in check and struggle to get anything together. The Steelers defense finds a good blitzing formula and gets to Sanchez AND Tebow early and often.
Steelers 13 Jets 10
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