New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Series

By Alan Schechter

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan shake hands after the Steelers 19-6 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Approximately 24 hours from now, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their red-hot offense bring their 6-3 record to MetLife Stadium to take on the 1-8 New York Jets, the team seemingly playing out the string. This one is going to be tough for our Jets, as the Steelers pass offense has been flying, to the tune of 12 passing touchdowns over the last two weeks. Who do we have at cornerback again?

Let’s take a look at the history between these two teams, which has not been kind either.

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Simply put, the Steelers have dominated the Jets. They won 17 of the 21 meetings between the two teams, including the last two in a row. They last met in 2013, here at MetLife, where the Steelers beat the Jets by a score of 19-6. That day, Big Ben hooked up with Emmanuel Sanders on a 55 yard touchdown pass, and the Steelers held the Jets to 267 yards on offense.

In the last two games against the Jets, Big Ben has posted 539 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a passer rating of 119.5. When Ben Roethlisberger plays that well, the Steelers tend to win, as they are 40-5 when his passer rating is 110 or higher. Antonio Brown has posted 16 receptions for 165 yards in the same last two games against New York.

Percy Harvin is coming off of his best game with the Jets, with 11 receptions for 129 yards last week against the Chiefs. Michael Vick has a good history against the Steelers. In three career meetings, he has 701 pass yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.5 rating. Vick can also make history for the Jets. If he rushes for 33 more yards on Sunday, he will be the first quarterback in league history to rush for 6,000 career yards. Chris Ivory is looking for his fourth straight with a rushing TD. Muhammad Wilkerson has played well on the Jets home turf as of late, recording 4.5 sacks in his last four home games.