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Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 4:30 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz



CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. As a bonus, enjoy our playoff podcast preview:



1. New York Jets (No. 6, AFC, 13-5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2, AFC, 13-4)

For the second-straight season, the Jets somehow have risen from a Wild Card team to a squad that will play in the AFC championship game with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Last year, they fell to the Colts. This year, though, they’re riding a big hot streak, having knocked off Indianapolis and then the formerly-invincible Patriots, and they’re looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969.

The Steelers, meanwhile, are coming off a nice come-from-behind victory against the Ravens last week. Like the Jets beating the Patriots, Pittsburgh exerted a ton of energy, rallying to beat their biggest rival for the second time this season. There’s been some talk about emotional letdowns, especially on the Jets side, but this one is for a Super Bowl berth. An emotional letdown, like Jets coach Rex Ryan would say, is impossible.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking



Both AFC games last week were great matchups and featured great results. It’ll be hard for this one to top those. Maybe I’m the one who is emotionally let down, but 3.5 Mora Faces is the max rating.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Jets secondary vs. Steelers WRs

Last week, the Jets shut down the Patriots WRs. New England couldn’t create separation, and at times, QB Tom Brady was stuck holding the ball for 5 … 6 … 7 … 8 seconds before having to scramble because his receivers simply could not get open.

The Steelers will have to do a better job than that. Assuming Jets CB Darrelle Revis – who has dominated Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne and New England’s Deion Branch so far in the playoffs – matches up against WR Hines Ward, don’t expect Ward to have much of an impact. In the Steelers Week 15 matchup against New York, Ward was targeted only three times and caught two passes for 34 yards.

That means the speedy Mike Wallace will have to be the game-changer for Pittsburgh. He’s had a big season, catching 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 TDs in the regular season. We assume Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, also a rather speedy fellow, will attend to him. Thing is with Cromartie: sometimes he’s great, like last week, and sometimes he’s very beatable, like with Colts WR Pierre Garcon two weeks ago.

Hell, Cromartie might be the biggest factor of all. Especially if Ben Roethlisberger tries to avoid Revis and, instead, targets Cromartie. Hey, at least Cromartie didn’t call Roethlisberger an a------.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If Revis makes Ward somewhat irrelevant in the passing game, the Steelers WR still can be a nuisance on the field. Ask Bart Scott about that this video, featuring Ward’s greatest hits.



5. The Jets will win if ...

They can get big-time production from both running backs, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Tomlinson, after a swoon in the second half of the season, has run well the first two rounds of the playoffs, and Greene has rushed for 77 and 70 yards in the two games. If Greene can inch closer to the 100-yard mark and Tomlinson can average about 5 yards a carry, that would keep the ball out of the hands of Rashard Mendenhall and Roethlisberger for much of the game and bring the Jets a win.

6. The Steelers will win if ...

They can pound and pressure Mark Sanchez for much of the day. Yes, Sanchez threw three touchdown passes last week, but he still has struggled – for the past two weeks – with his accuracy. The Steelers have plenty of defenders (ahem, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley) who can harass Sanchez and make him have to release the ball too early. Which certainly won’t help his aim.

7. Prediction: Jets 20, Steelers 17
Comments

Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Well, your post is disqualified on spelling alone.  What is that, a 6th grade level?

5th grade??

Dude, U better step up your game (spelling & grammar game!) before you come on here and embarrass yourself again.

Damn....


stlcurtain999
Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2011 2:08 pm
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Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

I agree that 42-13 steelers is absurd but the jets winning 24-10 is almost just as absurd. Look up the game stats when they played earlier this year and steelers won in every category (total net yards, yards rushing, yards receiving, first downs, time of poss., 3rd down conversion % by a lot, and average gain per offensive play) they lost in average starting field position (own 22 vs. jets own 38). Steelers actually put up 146 yards rushing against jets so look for the same unless they stack the line to stop it and then watch heath miller have a 100 yard receiving day. And you say that Jets secondary is better than Pitt WR, well earlier this year wallace had 102 receiving yards and was covered by Revis i believe. Call that a bad day! Now I agree that jets have two great CB but 2 CB can't cover every receiver or tight end. And your reasoning for why the jets will win is absolutely idiotic. Steelers have had a weak o line for years (granted there are some injuries this yr) and ben holding on to the ball too long has still allowed him to win 2 sb. Steelers win 27-20



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

REALLY????? ITS ONE THING TO BE BAIS....BUT DONT BE DUMB....42-13?? REALLY.... IF I DIDT NO BETTER...I WOULD HAVE NEVER GEUSS THE JETS ALREADY BEAT THEM AND SANCHIZE HAD A PETTY GOOD GAME.... THE JETS SECONDARY IS BEETER THEN PITTS WRs....BIG BEN HOLDS ON TO THE BALL WAY TOO LONG AND THATS PERFECT FOR THE JETS......PLUS THE STEELERS HAVE ONE OF THE WORSE LINES RIGHT NOW....HERE COMES THOSE LBs.........JETS 24 PITT 10



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 6:03 am
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

All the Jets need is for Pittsburgh to try and put a little concentration on shutting them up.  That little distraction can pay off bigtime.  Just ask the 1968 Baltimore Colts, who were determined to get to Namath and shut him up.  Hell, the Colts were even 40-point favorites...and it never happened as the Jets used a balanced running game and just enough passing to keep the vaunted, seething Colts defense in check.  Whoever wins this game is not going to do so easily.  And whether the Jets win or lose, Sanchez will be standing at the end of the game, not lying in some crumpled heap like the Steeler wannabes are hoping for.




Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:21 am
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

with a name like bogey, you must suk at golf too. NF way the jets put up 31 on PITTSBURGH'S DEFENSE YOU MORON! TROY POLAMALU IS GONNA BE SANCHEZ'S WORST NIGHTMARE PUNK.  AS FAR AS YOU GUYS THROWING AGAINST OUR SECONDARY! LMFAO. SANCHEZ IS A PUZZY ARM WHO CAN'T THROW THE DEEP BALL. 15 AND IN AND HE'S OK, THAT'S IT PAL. BESIDES, TALK TO ME AT HALF TIME WHEN YOU GUYS ARE SCREAMING TO THE REFS FOR THE BEATING SANCHEZ IS GONNA GET. 31 PTS AGAINST US. DREAM TF ON IDIOT. PITTSBURGH STEELERS IN A LAUGHER, LIKE I SAID 42-13 GO  CRY ME A PHUKIN' RIVER!Embarassed



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:18 am
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Pats rushed for just over 100 yards too.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Wow  Bogey you put alot of thought into that. You believe your team is going to win, and you should. There is no reason why they can't. There aren't many stories for this game, so the whole Polamalu thing is really getting to much attention. Miller will probably go unnoticed to most Jets fans unless he catches a TD. He will make a difference in the blocking sceme, but as a receiver maybe not. BTW 9-2 is a winning percentage of 81.8% 4-1 is 80% so no Sanchez does not have the better % sorry. I will say that 4-1 in two years is impressive, especially on the road. Ben has a couple of records 13-0 as a rookie, youngest to win a Super Bowl, longest regular season winning streak to start a career 15-0, most wins in first 5 seasons 51, highest passer rating rookie season 98.1 along with a few others. Sanchez and Ben have some stuff in common as well they both made it to the AFCCG their first two seasons in the league, and the not pretty stuff too.

I'm sure Eric Smith is better, so is Antonio Brown. LT does look awesome, and if the Jets win I will root for them because of LT, Revis and Santonio Holmes. Mendenhall fumbled the ball three times all year on 344 carries, and a fellow Steeler (Kemoeatu) caused the latest. LT fumbled 5 times on 344 attempts. That is he fumbled two times more on exactly the same amount of carries.

LT is running like he is 24 yrs old again & he doesn't put the ball on the ground unlike Mendenhal  care to rephrase that to LT fumbles more than Mendenhall. Ben will get sacked 3-6 times I'm sure, and that a fumble could happen, yes it could. Ben has gone a long time without throwing an interception, but it is possible, although it is more likely that Sanchez throws the pick. The rest is all possible. I won't wish you good luck tomorrow, but I will if you go to the Super Bowl.

If you guys lose tomorrow, who will get the 5th road playoff win first. Joe Flacco or Mark Sanchez? As a Steelers fan I have to go with Flacco, because the Ravens will finish second in their division again making the playoffs as a wildcard. The Jets I see winning their division and having at least one home game to start their post season.



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Bogey...ur an idiot. Troy is NEVER a non factor in any game he plays. he changes the offenses game planning completely and like no other Safety does in the game. I hope the Jets go in with the same game plan they have and don't take Troy into consideration but I know Rex is smarter than that.
Heath is also going to be a factor, not only his blocking off the edge where Rashard is his best but his pass catching is far superior than Spaeth's up the middle.
Jets had a KO return for a touch, and a safety, don't count on those again either.
You can ignore all these factors all you want, but have your mommy go out and get some Kleenex to put next to the couch.
Steelers 24- Jets 10...book it!



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Just in case anyone missed it - the Steelers only sacked Sanchez 1 time last game and it wasn't even for a loss. Big Ben was aacked 3 times and the JETS weren't even playing as well as they are now. I am sick of hearing about Troy Polamolu playing this time - he was a non-factor last week against Baltimore who put up 21 points before giving the game away - I also can't stand hearign about Heath Miller returning for this one- The JETS won the game end of story! Sanchez played terrible last game too but no one seems to be addressing that fact - This is one of my favorites Ben is 9-2 in the playoffs and Sanchez is only 4-1 (he hasn;t played as many games yet - the percentage is better and thet were all road gamesn and 1 more win is an NFL record). Eric Smith is light years better than he was as a backup last game too and LT is running like he is 24 yrs old again & he doesn't put the ball on the ground unlike Mendenhal. Ben will gets scaked 5 or 6 times and coughs up the ball on at least one of them - Cromartie will come up with 1 pick  - Coleman will get one clean sack off the edge - Ellis will have 2 more for the playoffs - a few uneccesarry roughness penalties later and the JETS win this one 31-23. Unsung heros Mike Devito and D'Brickashaw. MVP has to go to Holmes for nostalgia and the game ball goes to LT for his 65 yards rushing, 32 yards receiving and 2 TD's. Honarable mention Dustin Keller - welcome to the Playoffs Buddy - well done!


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