Sunday, September 16, 2012
Wrap-up: Steelers 27, Jets 10
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-10 win over the New York Jets on Sunday at Heinz Field.
What it means: The Steelers avoided their first 0-2 start in a decade and moved into a first-place tie with the Ravens and Bengals, all of whom are 1-1. The Pittsburgh defense didn't just show it could survive without two former NFL Defensive Players of the Year, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu, the Steelers proved they could dominate without them, holding the Jets to 219 total yards.
Roethlisberger looks like Roethlisberger: A week after throwing an interception returned for a touchdown, Ben Roethlisberger looked like his old self in the home opener. The Jets were successful in getting pressure on Roethlisberger, but he did his trademark moves to shrug off defenders and complete passes downfield. Connecting with 10 players, Roethlisberger was 24 of 31 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Rude homecoming for Holmes: It looked like Santonio Holmes was going to get the better of his former team when the Jets wide receiver caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. That was one of the last times anyone heard from Holmes. Shadowed by Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, Holmes had one catch in the final three quarters. Taylor was flagged for pass interference in the second half, but he never touched Holmes. It was an embarrassing call by the replacement referees.
Closing it out: The Steelers never abandoned the running game even though they had good reason to do so. After getting very little out of the ground game for three quarters, Pittsburgh ran the ball eight times for 31 yards in a marathon fourth-quarter drive that took 10 minutes, 13 seconds off the clock. It was the longest drive in terms of time for the Steelers in five years. Isaac Redman broke several tackles on that grind-it-out series, including the two-yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh dominated time of possession, 36:36 to 23:14.
What's next: The Steelers make their second trip to an AFC West opponent in the first three weeks of the season, traveling to Oakland. The Raiders are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.