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Inside the Jets' win over the Steelers

12/20/2010

ESPN Stats and Information offers these "Next Level" stats on the New York Jets' 22-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Strength meets strength as NFL’s elite run defenses collide

The Steelers gashed the Jets’ rush defense outside the tackles to the tune of 8.9 yards per rush and six first downs. Despite the Jets’ inability to stop the run defensively, it was their offensive running attack that had a bigger impact in the game. Fueled by Mark Sanchez’s 7-yard bootleg for a score on fourth down, the Jets averaged 6.0 yards per rush outside the tackles on the league’s best run defense.

Sanchez keeps it simple

Sanchez was quietly effective, completing 65.5 percent of his passes, his second-highest single-game mark. Sanchez did this by taking fewer shots downfield and not throwing an interception, something he had done in every game since Week 5 against Minnesota.

On pass attempts of 14 yards or less, Sanchez completed 68 percent of his attempts. In the first 13 games, he completed 57 percent.

Jets defend Steelers' deep threats

Ben Roethlisberger could not solve the Jets' secondary on passes greater than 21 yards. Roethlisberger only had one completion of more than 21 yards, which came on the final drive of the game. Since Week 6, the Jets have only allowed four completions thrown longer than 21 yards in 42 attempts.

Jets stay with the rush to keep play action alive

The Jets averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Their ability to run the ball against the stingy Steelers defense opened up the play-action passing game for Sanchez. Sanchez went 6-for-7 for 84 yards and a 116.7 passer rating on play-action attempts.