Jets vs Steelers: Top 3 more than likely scenarios in Week 5
By Michael Pallas
Week 5 brings the football world the Jets vs Steelers matchup. The prevailing thought is that the Jets have no shot to beat the high-powered Steelers offense. But, anything can happen on any given Sunday.
Oct 2, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play in the huddle against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
First of all, in Jets vs Steelers, running back Le’Veon Bell had a big return from suspension and looks to continue the momentum. Secondly, wide receiver Antonio Brown has proven why he is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL with his performance thus far.
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However, don’t completely write off the New York Jets, just yet. First off, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be missing some key offensive linemen. Second, their depth on defense is a little suspect. So the Jets’ offense could put up some points.
Let’s look at how this game can turn out with the top three likely scenarios in Week 5.
Next: 3. The Jets win and Ryan Fitzpatrick has big game
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
3. The Jets win and Ryan Fitzpatrick has big game
You may think this is completely nuts coming off of his nine interceptions in the last two games. However, when you look at Fitzpatrick’s career, the odyssey from 2015 to 2016 shouldn’t be a surprise.
He has never been able to put two seasons together where you can say he’s our guy, which explains why he’s played for six teams. Fitzpatrick has also been inconsistent within a season as well.
He’s very streaky with both turnovers and accuracy. He’s good one game, bad for two games, then good for a stretch and bad for a stretch.
With that said, he’s only had multiple interceptions in three consecutive games one time. So maybe he’s due for a big breakout game.
Next: 2. Hard-fought victory goes to Steel Town
Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples (98) and strong safety Dawan Landry (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Steelers 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
2. Hard-fought victory goes to Steel Town
As we saw in Week 1, a good game from Fitzpatrick doesn’t mean anything. The defense has let the fans down too this season.
The linebackers and secondary have let top flight receivers and tight ends run a muck over them. Unfortunately for the Jets, the Steelers have both.
Brown is obviously their biggest receiving threat on the outside. However, their tight end Jesse James has become a valuable weapon in the red zone.
With both defenses struggling, this could be a back and forth battle to the end. If that’s the case, Ben Roethlisberger is the better quarterback, and expect him to pull it out.
Next: 1. Turnovers aerial assault = Steelers blowout
1. Turnovers + aerial assault = Steelers Blowout
Remember what I said about Fitzpatrick not having a history of three consecutive games with multiple interceptions? Well, he has done it once; so he can do it again.
The six interception game from Week 3 looked to be in his head in Week 4, and the team looks listless on the field as well. Expect the Steelers defense to get in Fitzpatrick’s head early, and never look back.
The Steelers air attack with Roethlisberger and Brown will take advantage of what has been a poor Jets secondary in 2016. Also, you can expect James to have a big game since the Jets can’t stop tight ends.
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You could expect the Steelers to turn Fitzpatrick turnovers into points and run away with this game early. The experts are probably right, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope.