Sunday, December 19, 2010
Halftime thoughts from Jets at Steelers
By Tim Graham
PITTSBURGH -- Some halftime thoughts from Heinz Field, where the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied at 10:
- Jets gadget man Brad Smith has 115 kickoff return yards, with 97 coming on the first play of the game. The Jets' offense, which hasn't scored a touchdown in 11 quarters and counting, has 124 yards.
- Smith's touchdown return had to be a relief to special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who experienced a long week with the Sal Alosi wall/trip fallout.
- So much for The Weather Channel forecast that there was just a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Snowflakes have been flying since kickoff. Looks quite nice, actually.
- On the Steelers' 96-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, the Jets gave up third-down conversions of 10 and 18 yards. The touchdown came on a third-and-4 from the Jets' 9-yard line. But the Steelers might have picked up a gift on the 18-yard gain. According to the TV line, Hines Ward appeared to come up short, but the linesmen were late in catching up to the play and spotted the ball beyond the marker. I wonder if Rex Ryan was too afraid to challenge because of what happened in New England.
- Jets fans must be thrilled to see the run game produce a little. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson have been ineffective for a few weeks, but Tomlinson has six carries for 31 yards. That doesn't sound like much, but it is for them.
- I have no clue what the Jets were thinking at the end of the first half. They started a possession at their own 37-yard line with 29 seconds left and two timeouts. Mark Sanchez completed a 6-yard pass to Braylon Edwards and let the clock run down to nine seconds before snapping on second down. A 6-yard completion to Tomlinson left them with three seconds.
- Sanchez has played a tidy game. He has completed nine of 13 passes for 82 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.