Heading into the Jets vs Steelers Week 5 matchup, here’s an exclusive sit-down between Luis Tirado Jr. of The Jet Press and Kim Myers of Still Curtain of the FanSided network.
Sep 25, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Looking at the Jets vs Steelers Week 5 matchup, Gang Green will undoubtedly have their hands full in this game. Not only will it be another tough road game for the New York Jets, but at 1-3, they need this win bad.
It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the hottest teams playing right now in the NFL. They look unstoppable and aside from the anomaly of their big loss to the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks ago, are back on track.
I wanted to get some insight about the Steelers through fellow FanSided Expert, Kim Myers over at Still Curtain. She’s one of my go-to sources for everything about the Steelers and I’d like to thank her for spending some time with me to discuss this game.
Please follow her on Twitter and like her Facebook author page if you are part of Steelers Nation. For more info about Still Curtain, here are their official Twitter and Facebook accounts. Without further ado, here are five questions I asked Kim about the Steelers.
Next: 5. The defensive secondary of the Steelers
Oct 2, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) and cornerback William Gay (22) talk on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
5. The defensive secondary of the Steelers
LTJ: I keep hearing the Steelers’ defensive secondary isn’t as good as it could be, do the Jets actually have a shot in their passing game against it?
KM: The Steelers’ secondary is definitely the weakest link; it has been for some time. The team got good contributions from backup safety Jordan Dangerfield and the combination of Artie Burns and Justin Gilbert in different packages at cornerback. Gilbert was injured this week but rookie safety Sean Davis should be available when he was out last week so that should help.
The key to the Steelers defense is pressure on the quarterback and their red-zone defense. If the front seven do their job getting to Ryan Fitzpatrick then it will be a lot easier for the guys in the secondary. They found the perfect balance of those two last week against Kansas City with four sacks and only allowing two touchdowns after getting blown out by the Eagles.
They’re just enough youngsters in this secondary to create a good but healthy competition for reps. Hopefully, that translates to success on the field.
Next: 4. What makes Antonio Brown so dynamic?
4. What makes Antonio Brown so dynamic?
LTJ: Antonio Brown has been on fire as of late, I don’t see the Jets’ defensive secondary being able to contain him. What has made him so dynamic this season?
KM: Antonio Brown is relentless in his preparation. He’s constantly working out, going through drills, getting therapy, always working. He has one speed and that’s go. You follow him on social media and he’s constantly working at something. The man does not rest on his laurels whatsoever.
I think the key to Brown’s success is his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger. The two couldn’t be more different in terms of personality and just overall background and personas but on the field, it’s like they can read each other’s minds. I think the best thing anyone can do is just sit back and watch the fireworks.
Next: 3. Could the Jets pull off a big upset in Pittsburgh?
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) hands the ball off to New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
3. Could the Jets pull off a big upset in Pittsburgh?
LTJ: Does Steelers Nation view this matchup against the Jets as a trap game? The Jets are coming off two embarrassing losses, do you think they have what it takes to pull off a huge upset?
KM: The Steelers are notorious for having at least a couple of stinkers a season, especially against teams with sub .500 records. There will be those who will always point to the coach but it has happened so many times you have to just realize that anyone is truly capable of beating anyone in the NFL on any given Sunday. It’s just about execution. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I think if they let Fitzpatrick get into a rhythm and give up big plays they could fall into bad habits and easily give this one away. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen because no matter how you look at it this is a game the Steelers should win.
Next: 2. What was the breakdown against the Philadelphia Eagles?
Sep 25, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) drops back to pass as Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) blocks Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
2. What was the breakdown against the Philadelphia Eagles?
LTJ: What exactly went wrong against the Philadelphia Eagles?
KM: The offense abandoned the running game prematurely I think. Roethlisberger was trying to force the ball into some places and the receivers made a lot of drops. If Markus Wheaton doesn’t drop that pass in the end zone on their first possession I guarantee it is a totally different ball game. Just too many things gone wrong at one time.
The Steelers aren’t as bad as they were against the Eagles and they’re probably not as good as they were against the Chiefs. They can be that good and how they handle this game will be their second big test of the season. The first test was how they were going to respond after getting spanked in Philly and now this test will be to see how they handle a game they’re supposed to win.
Next: 1. Final score?
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
1. Final score?
LTJ: Thanks again for everything, Kim! What’s your final score for the Jets vs Steelers game?
I have to have faith in the Steelers offense and the home crowd pulling through this time. I don’t think the Jets defense has an answer for all of the Steelers’ weapons. I’ll go Steelers 37-13.