Sunday, October 13, 2013

Steelers End Drought---Beat NY Jets 19-6

Steelers Finally Get Win By Beating Jets 19-6

"The Pittsburgh Steelers were tired of seeing that dreaded zero in the win column."

That's the first sentence from the AP feed regarding the Steelers 19-6 win over the Jets today. That observation put things in perspective. But I'm going to edit that sentence this one time: "The Pittsburgh Steeler fans were tired of seeing that dreaded zero in the win column." And the win could not have come at a better time in a dismal beginning for one of the premier teams in the history of the NFL. In fact, the Steelers, as well as their fans, have not witnessed a beginning such as this one since 1968. The win over the Jets is also Pittsburgh's 600th win in team history, the only team in the AFC to reach that landmark (and only the 4th in league history).

A Look At The Numbers

Steelers are now 1-4 (last season at this time they were 2-3).

Roethlisberger was 23/30 for 264 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions.

Le'Veon Bell ran for 34 yards on 16 carries. Antonio Brown managed 86 yards on 9 receptions. Heath Miller had 6 receptions for 84 yards. Sanders had the team's only touchdown.  Shaun Shuisham came through with a fine performance making four field goals accounting for 13 of the team's 19 points.

Pittsburgh's play selection was a little more even than in their first four games throwing 54% of the time while rushing 46%. Steelers also had about a 10 minute advantage in time-of-possession (35.49 to 24:11).

Steelers were able to produce 16 first downs. Their 3rd down efficiency was 38%. They suffered 7 penalties for 49 yards.

The good news: Steelers finally recorded their first takeaway with Clark picking off Smith's throw to Konrad Reuland.  Steelers are 14-1 when Ben's passing rating is over 100. It was 113.8 today. Antonio Brown's 30 catches over the course of the last three games ties him with retired Hines Ward for the team's record.

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