The New York Jets (1-1) went scoreless in the final 40 minutes of game action, as the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) won their home season opener 27-10. The Jets offense was anemic in the second half of the football game.
The Jets were able to hold Pittsburgh to only a field goal on their opening drive. Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham made a 45-yard field goal, which capped a 10 play, 53-yard drive that took almost six minutes and gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead.
The Jets responded by bettering Pittsburgh’s opening drive by scoring a touchdown. The Jets drove the ball 95 yards in 8 plays in 4:48 to take a 7-3 lead with just under four and half minutes remaining in the first quarter. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, 10 for 27 for 138 yards and a touchdown, completed a pass to wide receiver Santonio Holmes, 3 catches for 28 yards and a touchdown, for a 14-yard touchdown.
On the first play of the second quarter, the Steelers pulled to within a point, 7-6, of the Jets when Suisham, who was perfect on field goal attempts, made his second and final field goal of the game, another 45-yard field goal. The kick by Suisham concluded a drive that took 4:28, covering 48 yards in nine plays.
The Jets countered with a field goal of their own, Jets kicker Nick Folk connected on a 38-yard field goal extending the Jets first half lead to four, 10-6, with under ten minutes remaining in the first half. The field goal brought a close to a 13-play, 61-yard drive that took 5:21 off the clock.
Unfortunately for the Jets, they would not score another point for the rest of the game. The Steelers added three additional touchdown drives, one in each of the remaining quarters.
The Jets offense has seen better days, reference last week. This week the game plan seemed to feature or desire to get the ball into Santonio Holmes hands. Holmes was targeted eleven times by Sanchez but, as stated earlier, only finished with 3 receptions. Sanchez only completed five passes in the second half. The offensive highlights for the Jets in the second half started and stopped with a 22-yard run by backup quarterback Tim Tebow halfway through the third quarter.
The Jets rushed the ball for only 90 yards, no rusher had over 35 yards, starting running back Shonn Greene averaged 2.1 yards a carry. These statistics are hard to explicate when the Steelers were without outside linebacker James Harrison and Pro Bowl Safety Troy Polamalu.
The defense actually played well, even without Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis who was sidelined with a concussion and did not travel with the team. The defense only allowed 66 yards rushing, allowing an average of 2.4 yards a carry. This included being able to sack Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who finished the game completing 24 for 31 for 274 yards and two touchdowns, three times.
The Jets look to rebound next Sunday afternoon on the road at Sun Life Stadium against AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins (1-1).