New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tale of the Tape

By Alan Schechter

September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) pass blocks against the New York Jets during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday afternoon, the Road to MetLife Stadium continues. From MetLife Stadium, the 3-2 New York Jets take on Big Ben and the rest of Mike Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Coming off of their bye week, the Steelers will be hungry for a win, with an 0-4 record. The Steelers are never an easy out for the New York Jets, even at home. Let’s look at the history between these two teams:

Overall, the Steelers have dominated, winning 16 out of 20, and seven out of the past ten. Lately, the Jets have been in control, winning two out of the last three.

The last time these two teams met was in September of 2012, when Ben Roethlisberger threw TD passes to Mike Wallace and Heath Miller, Isaac Redman added a TD on the ground, and the Steelers dominated the Jets by a final of 27-10. The last time these two teams met in New Jersey was back in 2007. Thomas Jones rushed for 117 yards, and Mike Nugent kicked four field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Jets topped the Steelers 19-16.

Geno Smith is riding high, with an 80% completion rate last week, marking the second highest by a rookie that threw for three touchdowns. Over the last three games in the fourth quarter, Geno is throwing to a passer rating of 148.6, and completing over 82 percent of his passes. He will be looking to continue his great play on Sunday.

Jeff Cumberland, Geno’s newest favorite weapon, will be gunning for a third straight game with a TD reception.

It should be a good one on Sunday.