Steelers Are Too Much For Jets; Pittsburgh Wins, 27-10

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers got on the board with their first victory of the season.

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Jets Vs. Steelers, Week 2: Pittsburgh Defense Stuffs Jets Offense

Needing a rebound from a Week 1 loss, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed their usual physical selves in a 27-10 victory over the New York Jets Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers jumped on the back of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to improve to 1-1 on the season, a record held by over half of the NFL teams entering Week 3.

The Steelers trailed 10-6 in the second quarter after a 38-yard field goal by Jets' kicker Nick Folk, but from there it was all Pittsburgh, which scored 21-unanswered points, 14 in the second half, to pull out the victory in the home opener.

Though, the Steelers offense showed up in bunches it was the return of the defense that got the SB Nation blog Behind the Steel Curtain fired up:

While splash plays weren't coming easily - Pittsburgh had three sacks and one turnover in the game - brutal efficiency against the pass in particular stifled the confused-looking Jets.

New York didn't catch a pass in the entire second quarter, and quarterback Mark Sanchez was 3-for-16 passing over the last three quarters of the game.

The Steelers run defense was average, but Pittsburgh made up for it in other ways.

The Jets rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries (4.1 yards per carry), but the suffocating pass defense - which looked to be moving in the opposite direction than where it finished last week - helped hold the Jets to just 120 yards on their final eight drives of the game.

Oddly, Sanchez was 10-for-27 in the 27-10 loss with 138 yards and a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes.

A full reaction from Steelers blog can be found here.

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Shonn Greene Injury Update: Jets' RB Returns To Game Vs. Steelers

After leaving the game in the first half with a suspected concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ryan Mundy, running back Shonn Greene returned to start the second half. He quickly resumed being the Jets workhorse with three straight carries, in a game in Pittsburgh that is being defined by defense and running the football.

In Greene's absence, backup Bilal Powell ran the ball seven times for 25 yards, and was largely ineffective against Pittsburgh's run defense. Currently Greene isn't fairing much better, with his game line improving to 10 carries for 29 yards, but he offers the Jets another option on offense, something they sorely need.

The Jets are going to need as many backs healthy in the second half as possible, because as it stands New York are unable to protect Mark Sanchez long enough to build a passing offense. The Jets' QB has been under pressure for much of the day.

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Shonn Greene Injury: Jets RB Heads To Locker Room With Head Injury

Shonn Greene has left the field in the New York Jets' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers following a hit that caused the RB to be looked over by the trainers. After hitting the second level after making it through the offensive line, he was met by Ryan Mundy who delivered a clean, but unintentional helmet-to-helmet shot that left the RB dazed and caused him to head to the sideline. Following a short time he was taken back to the locker room to be examined further, and it's likely he'll be checked for concussion-like symptoms.

UPDATE: Greene is questionable to return.

Up to that point, Greene had seven carries for 23 yards, and was the go-to guy in the Jets' running game. He's now replaced by second-year running back Bilal Powell, who has just 16 career carries to his name. Thus far, his replacement is playing well with four carries, but he's by no means a long-term answer in the Jets backfield. With the NFL's new rules on safety, New York will take a good look at Greene before thinking of returning him to action.

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James Harrison, Troy Polamalu Inactive For Steelers Vs. Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially listed safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison as inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Polamalu and Harrison were questionable coming into Sunday's game that is set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. Polamalu is recovering from a calf strain while Harrison underwent a procedure on his knee. Neither of the two Steeler veterans practiced this week.

Polamalu is likely going to be back before Harrison, and both he and head coach Mike Tomlin were optimistic with his recovery. On the other hand, Harrison could be out until early October.

The loss of the two defensive leaders leaves Pittsburgh without 19 combined years of experience in Dick LeBeau's defense.

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New York Jets Vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

The Steelers were surprise losers in Week 1 and the Jets were surprise winners. With the home spread at 4.5 points, many bettors are taking Pitt and the points at home to avoid an 0-2 season start.

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