Halftime: Steelers 13, Jets 10

September, 16, 2012
9/16/12
5:53
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PITTSBURGH -- Quick observations on the first half.

1. The Jets played well. Without star CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), they did a good job of limiting big plays. Unlike the AFC Championship Game here two years ago, they didn't sleep walk through the first half.

2. QB Mark Sanchez got off to a terrific start, leading a 90-yard TD drive on the Jets' first possession. He completed 4 of 5 for 80 yards, including a 14-yard TD pass to Santonio Holmes. The Jets picked on CB Ike Taylor. Interesting backstory here: Sanchez, Holmes and Taylor worked out together for a few days in the offseason, near Holmes' home in Orlando. After the opening drive, Sanchez cooled off in a hurry, throwing five straight incompletions.

3. Where was Tim Tebow? He didn't play a single snap on offense, which is strange. This is a game that screams out for Tebow in the Wildcat, especially with RB Shonn Greene (possible concussion) on the sideline. Bilal Powell is the No. 1 back, and he's not quick enough or strong enough against the Steelers' fast-flow defense. They need to sprinkle in Tebow as a change-up.

4. The Jets defense played well on their own end of the field, holding the Steelers to field goals on their first two possessions. In fact, the Steelers ran nine plays inside the Jets' 35 before final scoring a touchdown, a 1-yard pass to TE Heath Miller on a well-executed play fake that burned LB David Harris. The Jets need a couple of three-and-outs or else fatigue will become a factor.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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