Some might suggest the Week 5 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets would be considered 'easy money', in terms of who might win. The Steelers entered the game with a 3-1 record, coming off a dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, while the Jets came to Heinz Field with a 1-3 record and losing back-to-back games. There were plenty of injuries on both sides of the football, but either team wouldn't be making excuses when it pertains to the outcome.
The game kicked off under beautiful conditions in Pittsburgh, PA with the Jets receiving the opening kickoff. Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to manage a nice opening drive which equated to a 35-yard Nick Folk field goal, and an early 3-0 lead in the game. The lead didn't last long when the Steelers got the ball. On their first drive, on a 3rd and 7, Ben Roethlisberger hit Sammie Coates with a beautiful 72-yard touchdown pass for the score. The Chris Boswell extra point gave the Steelers a 7-3 lead with 10:16 left in the opening quarter.
After failed drives by both teams, the Jets started the 2nd quarter with another impressive drive. Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte helped ignite the drive with several key third down conversions. However, just like their opening drive, it stalled in field goal range and a 48-yard Folk field goal cut into the Pittsburgh lead 7-6.
The Steelers took their next drive from the 20-yard line and moved the ball methodically into Jets territory and set up a Chris Boswell 48-yard field goal to extend their lead. However, the team decided to fake the field goal and punter Jordan Berry wasn't able to gain the yardage necessary, which meant a turnover on downs for Pittsburgh, giving the Jets the ball again.
The statistic 'Points of Turnovers' is a telling one, and after the Steelers' turnover on downs the Jets wasted little time moving the ball well into Pittsburgh territory. The drive resulted in a Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshall touchdown pass. The Folk point after touchdown gave he Jets a 13-7 lead with 2:06 left in the first half.
Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon bell worked the two-minute drill to perfection and were able to drive 75-yards and regain the lead with a Jesse James touchdown reception. The Boswell point after made the score 14-13, and the score would stand heading into halftime.
The second half opened with both teams exchanging possessions before Antonio Brown took a Lachlan Edwards punt back 33-yards, and almost back for a touchdown, setting the offense up in field goal range. Boswell's 47-yard field goal extended the Pittsburgh lead 17-13. The rest of the third quarter saw more missed opportunities by both offensive units, but Pittsburgh would be the next team to add to the score total as Roethlisberger orchestrated another drive ending in Antonio Brown's first touchdown catch of the game. It was Roethlisberger's 3rd touchdown of the game, and gave Pittsburgh a 24-13 lead.
Todd Bowles had a questionable decision in the 4th quarter when he decided to punt the ball back to Pittsburgh with just over 7 minutes left in the game, and the Steelers took the ball and drove down the field killing the clock and ending with another Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Sammie Coates. Roethlisberger's 4th touchdown of the game, and Coates' 2nd of the day, moving the score to 31-13, which would be the final score.
The victory moves the Steelers' record to 4-1, while dropping the Jets to 1-4. The Steelers will travel to Miami to play the Dolphins in Week 6 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.