New York Jets vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The New York Jets will face the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday December 19th in a key AFC match up with playoff implications. Sportsbook.com has set the line on this game with the Steelers as a six point favorite over the Jets.
The New York Jets were the favorite to advance to the Super Bowl this season until they lost to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football two weeks ago. Lost is being kind to the Jets. The New England Patriots and Tom Brady dissected them with surgeon like precision in the 45-3 win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been fortunate in their division battles over the last two weeks. They edged out the Baltimore Ravens in a classic AFC North battle two Sundays ago on Sunday Night Football and they handled the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend by scoring two pick six touchdowns on defense.
Rex Ryan, the Jets head coach berated his defense after they lost to the Miami Dolphins 10-6. The defense was far from the problem. They held Miami quarterback Chad Henne to just 55 yards passing in the loss. Mark Sanchez was embattled all day in the game but he did put the game winning touchdown in Santonio Holmes hands only to have Holmes drop the ball in the end zone.
Ben Roethlisberger has struggled since returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers from his four game suspension. Roethlisberger has had his moments this season but has not been consistent this season. To be fair to Roethlisberger he has suffered a broken nose and several injuries to his feet over the last few weeks.
Defense is the best half of both of these teams and this should be typical AFC smash mouth contest. Troy Polamalu has been a man on fire in recent weeks and returned an interception for a touchdown last weekend. For the New York Jets their motor on defense is Bart Scott. He plays almost as fast on defense as his mouth runs while out on the field. Sportsbook.com’s line of the Pittsburgh Steelers minus six points make them the pick over the New York Jets. ?