Jets vs. Steelers: Spread Info, Line and Predictions
Let's take a look at the game preview, including spread and fantasy information, keys to victory and my prediction.
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Penn.
When: Sunday, September 16 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Spread: Steelers -6 (Bovada)
Will the Steelers cover the spread?
This is a tough game to pick because the Jets weren't really tested in Week 1—leaving a lot of people feeling high on them—while the Steelers ran into a solid and improved Denver squad, which has many questioning Pittsburgh.
My gut is telling me to go with the Steelers here because of their defense.
I understand they didn't look sharp in Week 1, but Mark Sanchez has a habit of bringing out the best in opposing defenses.
I like the Steelers to cover the spread on Sunday.
Over/Under: 41.5 (Bovada)
There aren't a lot of projected points in this one, so I like the over here.
Despite the fact that the total has gone under in nine of the Jets' last 12 games in Pittsburgh, I just think there are going to be more than 42 points scored in this football game.
Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh will be out to rebound after a Week 1 drubbing, while New York is looking to prove its offensive outburst against Buffalo wasn't a fluke.
Take the over.
Key Injuries (via CBS Sports)
NY WR Stephen Hill—CALF—QST
NY CB Antonio Cromartie—SHOULDER—PRB
NY DE Mike DeVito—CALF—PRB
NY TE Dustin Keller—HAMSTRING—QST
NY S LaRon Landry—HEEL—QST
NY DT Sione Po'uha—LOWER BACK—QST
NY CB Darrelle Revis—CONCUSSION—QST
NY LB Bryan Thomas—HAMSTRING—QST
NY FB John Conner—KNEE—QST
NY WR Jeremy Kerley—LOWER BACK—QST
PIT RB Jonathan Dwyer—FOOT—PRB
PIT LB James Harrison—KNEE—QST
PIT DE Ziggy Hood—BACK—PRB
PIT RB Rashard Mendenhall—KNEE—PRB
PIT S Troy Polamalu—CALF—QST
Big Fantasy Players
If Stephen Hill plays, he's the best fantasy option of any member of the Jets.
The rookie out of Georgia Tech was impressive in his first regular-season game, hauling in five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
What's more comforting for fantasy owners is the fact that Hill was more productive than Santonio Holmes and appears to have earned the trust of his quarterback.
With some injuries plaguing the Steelers defense, look for Hill to be the Jets' leading receiver again in Week 2.
The Jets secondary has a lot of injuries, most notably Darrelle Revis, and Mike Wallace is going to exploit that.
Wallace was mediocre by most fantasy owners' opinions in Week 1, scoring one touchdown on four receptions and 37 yards.
I'm looking for Wallace to get behind the Jets secondary for the long scores that we're accustomed to, and ESPN's Matthew Berry is, too, as he ranks Wallace No. 14 among all wideouts in Week 2.
Keys to a Jets Win: Protect Sanchez
The Jets live and die by quarterback Mark Sanchez, and if he's under pressure, chances are he's not going to have a good game.
Sanchez was extremely comfortable in the pocket in Week 1, as he was never sacked and rarely touched, and he tore the Bills defense apart.
If the Jets offensive line can give Sanchez time to hit his open receivers, especially with the possibility of James Harrison and Troy Polamalu not playing, the Jets will have success in Pittsburgh.
Keys to a Steelers Win: Establish the Run Early
Pittsburgh's offense centers around Big Ben, but it needs to establish the running game early in order to open up big-play opportunities for Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.
The Steelers gained just 75 rushing yards in Denver, while Roethlisberger threw the ball 40 times and was sacked five times against Denver in Week 1—that can't happen this Sunday.
The Steelers must get more out of running backs Isaac Redman, Dwyer and Mendenhall to keep the Jets defense guessing, which will create more opportunities for Roethlisberger with his arm and his feet.
Prediction: Steelers 27, Jets 20
Revis' concussion and the possibility of him sitting out has Roethlisberger and his receiving corps licking their chops.
I'm taking the Steelers defense to get back on track and bring Sanchez back down to earth on Sunday afternoon.
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