We have a final from MetLife Stadium. The Pittsburgh Steelers have tallied their first win of the season by beating the Jets 19-6. Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers today with 264 pass yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Clark and Lawrence Timmons each grabbed interceptions.
Let's check out the final grades for Pittsburgh's win over the New York Jets.
New York: 6
Pass Offense: It was an All-Big Ben kind of day for the Steelers as the 10-year veteran sliced through the Jets' secondary. Roethlisberger hit on 23 of his 30 passes for 264 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders. Antonio Brown and Heath Miller combined for 15 receptions and 170 yards. Today was the Steelers most efficient passing day yet.
Run Offense: The Steelers didn’t do a whole lot on the ground today, but it was enough to keep the offense at least somewhat balanced. Le’Veon Bell found little room against a formidable Jets front seven. As a team, Pittsburgh managed just 73 yards on the ground.
Run Defense: The Jets, again, did find some running room in the second half. But, being down for most of the game, they had to move away from the rushing attack. Pittsburgh held New York to only 83 yards rushing on the day.
Pass Defense: Pittsburgh made it very difficult for Geno Smith to get anything going. As a result, the New York Jets pass offense struggled this afternoon. Smith barely completed half of his 34 passes and threw two interceptions. Those were the first two turnovers the Steelers defense forced this season. Pittsburgh also managed three sacks, nearly doubling their season total.
Special Teams: Pittsburgh's coverage units on special teams have been a major point of improvement in 2013. They continue to get down the field quick and shut down the returner.
Coaching: There will be no Todd Haley bashing in Pittsburgh this week. The Steelers passing attack got moving in the second quarter and never looked back. Haley called a very nice game.
Defensively, it was a stellar performance in the second half, forcing two turnovers, their first of the season. The pass rush was on-point. Great job by Dick LeBeau.
Pass Offense: The Steelers opened the game determined to connect on the screen pass, calling four such plays on their first two drives. But the passing game has picked up as the game has worn on. Ben Roethlisberger has connected on 14 of his 18 pass attempts for 155 yards. Eleven of those 14 completions have found Heath Miller or Antonio Brown, who dropped a sure touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Run Offense: The Steelers have found no room on the ground against a very stout Jets’ run defense. As a team, Pittsburgh has carried the ball nine times for 12 total yards, with rookie Le’Veon Bell accounting for nine yards. The Jets are dominating the line of scrimmage right now and Pittsburgh will have to find a way to get the ground game going in the second half.
Run Defense: The Jets got off to a big start on the ground, gashing the Steelers for some big gainers on the first drive of the game. But Pittsburgh settled in up front and held on a big 3rd-and-goal, holding the Jets to a field goal. So far, they’ve given up 46 yards on 12 carries, 26 from Bilal Powell.
Pass Defense: The Steelers haven’t made it especially easy on rookie quarterback Geno Smith who threw the ball just seven times in the first half. Pittsburgh’s front seven have put good pressure on Smith and made him uncomfortable all day so far. New York has thrown for only 81 yards on the game.
Special Teams: Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham has had a busy afternoon, accounting for three field goals in the first half. The only special teams mistake Pittsburgh made was kicking the ball out of bounds on the kickoff following their second field goal.
Coaching: Offensively, Todd Haley has called a pretty nice game so far. He’s tried to work in a run game that’s pretty non-existent while protecting Ben Roethlisberger in the pass game.
Pittsburgh has struggled with penalties today, however. Really, that’s pretty unusual for this team in 2013.
Defensively, the Jets marched down the field at the end of the half, which is somewhat concerning. But overall, a pretty nice half for Dick LeBeau.
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