Steelers Vs. Jets: NFL Week 15 Previews

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The weekend is looming, so let's get to some New York Jets talk. The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Jets on Sunday afternoon in a matchup pitting two teams trending in the opposite direction. The Steelers have won four straight, whereas the Jets have dropped their past two and looked susceptible in multiple phases of the game. It's always a bit more interesting to look at the series history of non-divisional opponents, particularly old, historic franchises like the Jets.

So here's a glance at the Steelers and Jets' series history, a few notes on their upcoming Week 15 tilt, up-to-date season stats leaders, and official Wednesday injury reports for both squads.

 

NEW YORK JETS (9-4) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-3)

SERIES

JETS

STEELERS

SERIES LEADER

 

15-3

STREAKS

2 of past 3 overall

Past 6 at home

COACHES VS. OPP.

Ryan: 0-0

Tomlin: 0-1

LAST WEEK

L 10-6 vs. Dolphins

W 23-7 vs. Bengals

LAST GAME

11/18/07: Steelers 16 at Jets 19 (OT). New York's Mike Nugent kicks 28-yard FG with 23 seconds remaining & game-winning 38-yarder in OT.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/12/04: Steelers 17, Jets 6. Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis runs for 12-yard TD & throws 10-yard TD to TE Jerame Tuman on option pass as Steelers win 11th consecutive game.

BROADCAST

CBS (4:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 122 (NYJ), 123 (Pit.). XM: 105 (Pit.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Sanchez: 235-441-2,852-16-12-74.2

Roethlisberger: 180-291-2,336-13-5-94.8

RUSHING

Tomlinson: 195-837-4.3-5

Mendenhall: 275-1,073-3.9-9

RECEIVING

Tomlinson (RB): 49-348-7.1-0

Ward: 49-638-13.0-4

OFFENSE

350.7

332.4

TAKE/GIVE

+5

+14 (3L)

DEFENSE

292.5 (3L)

293.0 (3C)

SACKS

Ellis, Pace: 4.5

Harrison: 10 (T3C)

INTs

Cromartie: 3

Polamalu: 6 (T1C)

PUNTING

Weatherford: 43.2

Sepulveda: 45.5

KICKING

Folk: 101 (T3C) (26/26 PAT; 25/34)

Suisham: 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/9 FG)

 

Notes

STEELERS:

  • Club has 6-0 record against Jets at home...
  • In 4 home games in '10, Ben Roethlisberger has passed for 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.6 rating, incl. 3 games with 3 TD passes. Leads NFL in 4th-quarter rating (121.1).
  • Rashard Mendenhall (9) needs rush TD to become 5th RB in Steelers history to have 10+ rush TDs in single season. Has 5 rush TDs in 6 games at Heinz Field in '10.
  • In 3 home games vs. NYJ (incl. playoffs), Hines Ward has 22 catches for 267 & 1 TD. 
  • Mike Wallace leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL (min. 5 rec.) in avg. yards per catch (20.6)...Defense is allowing league-low 60.1 rush yards per game.
  • James Harrison (48.5) needs 1.5 sacks to become 5th Steelers player since '82 w/ 50 career.
  • LaMarr Woodley (8.5) needs 1.5 sacks to reach 10 for 3rd consecutive season (11.5 in '08; 13.5 in '09). 
  • James Farrior has sack in 3 of past 4.
  • Troy Polamalu had 45-yard INT-TD last week. Polamalu (6) needs INT to tie career-high of 7 in 2008. Incl. playoffs, Steelers are 24-3 (.889) when Polamalu has INT.

JETS:

  • Club has 10-4 road record (.714) under head coach Rex Ryan.
  • Club 11-2 (.846) when QB Mark Sanchez has 80+ rating.
  • RB LaDainian Tomlinson (49) needs 1 catch to become 3rd RB in NFL history with 50+ in 9 seasons (Larry Centers, 10; Marshall Faulk, 9). Has 4 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. Steelers. 
  • RB Shonn Greene averages 4.9 rush yards per carry in December (62 att., 306 yards).
  • WR Braylon Edwards averages 18.5 yards per catch vs. Pit. (21 rec., 389 yards).
  • TE Dustin Keller (45) needs 4 catches to surpass career high of 48 in '08.
  • Club had season-high 5 sacks last week vs. Mia.
  • DE Jason Taylor has 2 sacks in 2 games at Steelers. 
  • S Brodney Pool registered 1st sack, FF & FR w/ NYJ last week.
  • KR-WR Bard Smith ranks 2nd in AFC & 4th in NFL w/ 27.9 KR avg. in '10

Injury Report

Steelers

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

T Flozell Adams (ankle), LB James Harrison (illness), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring), S Troy Polamalu (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps), WR Hines Ward (not injury related)

Jets

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S James Ihedigbo (ankle, knee), DE Trevor Pryce (hip), RB Tony Richardson (not injury related), S Eric Smith (concussion), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (not injury related), T Damien Woody (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Nick Mangold (shoulder), DT Sione Pouha (finger), WR Brad Smith (hand)

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