Let the overreaction begin!
The Steelers won a game. ONE GAME.
The AFC North is a bad division, but the Steelers are not "back in the race." The Steelers are in last place, trailing first-place Cincinnati by two-and-a-half games.
Imagining a way back is understandable. The players, coaches and especially the fans need a reason to believe. Hope is sports' most valuable commodity.
But starting out 0-4 was a death sentence; 1-4 is no stay of execution.
But a win is a win. Very rarely have the Steelers needed a victory like they needed one yesterday. Making the playoffs is a pipe dream. But had the Steelers' misery reached 0-5, the season might have spiraled totally out of control.
The Steelers played fundamentally sound. They committed zero turnovers and got two takeaways. They didn't run the ball well – just 2.8 yards per – but managed the game (and lead) well enough that offensive balance was possible. Shaun Suisham kicked four FGs on four tries, making him 10-for-10 on the year.
The Steelers' defense limited the Jets to 267 total yards and two field goals. But QB Geno Smith's inexperience was palpable. He was missing two big weapons in TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (suspended) and WR Santonio Holmes (injured and probably high).
The Steelers were better than the 0-4 record they had coming into the game. The Jets were not as good as their 3-2 mark.
WR Emmanuel Sanders caught a touchdown. WR Antonio Brown dropped one.
QB Ben Roethlisberger had a QB rating of 113.8, throwing for 264 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. But he was under siege all day, getting sacked four times. Mike Adams' benching provided little tangible addition by subtraction.
LB Jason Worilds and DE Ziggy Hood each had a sack. In the same game. That's not a typo. LaMarr Woodley had a sack, too. STEEL CURTAIN TWO!
The Steelers did some things better. Mostly, it was status quo.
The Baltimore Ravens visit Heinz Field Sunday. If the Steelers win, they're still just 2-4. It's a long, long way back. Don't break out the ping-pong paddles just yet.
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