Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Take a seat, Ryan Mundy.
The Steelers will be back at sea level Sunday, so Ryan Clark's sickle-cell trait won't be a factor, and he'll play.
Clark's absence in the Steelers playoff and season-opening losses in Denver make it evident how much he means to the Steelers defense.
Clark was the team's leading tackler last year and can assist in stopping the run. His presence in the secondary can free up Troy Polamalu to wreak havoc anywhere on the field.
When looking at this game in August, it appeared former Steeler Santonio Holmes would be the only Jets receiver the Steelers secondary would have to worry about. However, rookie Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech had five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills.
As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in his weekly press conference, "We're somewhat allergic to first-round draft-pick wideouts from Georgia Tech."
Hopefully, that doesn't mean Ike Taylor has to take Alavert or Allegra to cover Hill. Now, we'll see if Taylor just doesn't match up well with Demaryius Thomas or if the 32-year-old cornerback is just past his prime.
It would be bad news for the Steelers if Taylor's skills are starting to erode, because Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen still have some developing to do. They both missed tackles and allowed yards after the catch against the Broncos.
Facing Mark Sanchez at home might not seem like as tall of a task as facing Peyton Manning in Denver.
However, Sanchez is coming off his highest passer rating (123.4) since the Jets upset the Patriots in the 2010 playoffs. Furthermore, Sanchez is the only opposing quarterback besides Tom Brady and Joe Flacco to win at Heinz Field since 2010.
An interception or two would be nice.