The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the New York Jets in a week 5 matchup at Heinz Field. After the loss of key defensive and offensive players due to injuries, the "next man up" mentality continues to get displayed in the Steel City.
The Steelers dismantled the Jets with a final score of 31-13, completing yet another 30 point offensive performance. Let's take a look at three game changing plays that really turned the tide and brought momentum to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's offensive star of the game was none other than the potential league M.V.P candidate Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 380 yards and 4 total touchdowns with no interceptions. BUT... don't count out second year wide receiver Sammie Coates, who really stepped up and proved to fans that he currently is the number two receiver behind Antonio Brown.
Pittsburgh's offense opened up the game by targeting undrafted cornerback Marcus Williams. Despite going undrafted, Williams has earned two interceptions on the season and has been a solid cornerback for this struggling Jets secondary.
Sammie Coates just simply used his insane speed and out ran Williams for a 72-yard touchdown. It's as simple as that. It's great to know that Coates has the big play ability and can open up the vertical passing attack for Roethlisberger.
Coates finished the game with a total of 139 yards and two touchdowns. His ceiling is still very high as he continues to replace the suspended Martavis Bryant.
Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall scored a touchdown to give his team a 13-7 lead with two minutes left until half-time. Don't give the football back to Pittsburgh and their high powered offense with time remaining; we have seen incredible things happen over the years.
Roethlisberger and company went right down the field and scored a go ahead touchdown with seconds remaining until half-time. Talk about a momentum switch. Just when the Jets believed they were going into the locker room with a lead, Pittsburgh marched right down the field and showed them otherwise.
On the play above, the offensive line did it's job as Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James for a one-yard touchdown. James was completely wide open as the entire defense made sure Le'Veon Bell and Sammie Coates didn't end up getting the touchdown.
Heading into the final quarter of play, the Jets and Steelers were in a very close battle with a score of 17-13 Pittsburgh lead. On the first play to start the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a five yard touchdown.
This game-changing play really proved costly as the Jets could have stopped Pittsburgh at the goal line and forced them to kick a field goal, which would have eventually given the Jets a chance, down by 7, to tie the football game.
Well... all that didn't happen and Antonio Brown still proves that it doesn't matter who covers him near the goal line, he is still the best receiver in the National Football League.
This offense is extremely scary and poised to breakout even more when key athletes overcome injuries. I have to give a shoutout to the offensive line for keeping Roethlisberger's jersey clean.
The "next man up" mentality continues and that is a great thing to have. These younger athletes are hungry for success and if everyone continues to perfect their game, this team will have a magical season.