The Steelers (6-3) made believers out of everyone last weekend when they soundly defeated the highly respected Baltimore Ravens 43-23 to move among the NFL leaders. But they can’t afford a letdown against the lowly New York Jets, 1-8 this weekend in New York if they are going to keep their championship hopes alive.
The defense stepped up big time behind the leadership of the old veterans James Harrison and Brett Keisel to keep pressure on Joe Flacco while limiting the ground game, holding Justin Forsett to just 32 yards on 9 carries. Part of that was because the Steelers jumped off to a big lead with forced turnovers and special teams play.
The win moved the Steelers into second place in the AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals who beat the Jacksonville Jaguar, 33-23, to up their record to 5-2-1.
Flacco was held in check as he was 30 of 45 for 303 yards with two touchdowns, and two interceptions.