After a complete dud this week, the Jets are looking to get back on track as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers this Sunday. Both teams are coming off a loss and are looking to keep pace in their respective divisions. Both teams are 1-2.
With that in mind, here is a preview for this Sunday's showdown.
What To Expect:
Zach Wilson is Back: After missing the first three weeks of the regular season, quarterback Zack Wilson is expected to make his return this Sunday. Wilson, who is fully recovered from a knee injury will be entering his second full year in the NFL. Wilson will be facing the Steelers' defense who is ranked 24th in total defense, a far cry from the legendary Steelers defense of the 1970s. To make things even worse, superstar TJ Watt will not play in this game. The Jets' offense must take advantage of this.
TJ Watt Is Out: The Steelers' defense will be without star TJ Watt who is out with a pectoral injury. This defense isn't the same without him.
McDermott will replace Fant: In yet another game of musical chairs on the offensive line, OL George Fant has been placed on the IR with a knee injury. Career backup Conor McDermott will start in place of Fant.
Just The Facts:
Steeler Domination: The Steelers are 20-6 against the Jets in their history, they have won 10 out of the 11 games they have played against the Jets (playoffs included) Last time the Jets beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh? December 2010. The final score was 22-17.
Steelers Really Miss Watt: As mentioned before, the Steelers are going to be without LB TJ Watt and it will hurt. The Steelers are 0-6 without Watt in the lineup.
Even The Odds: The Jets have a chance to be at .500 this season. The last time this happened? 2017 under HC Todd Bowles. They went 5-11 that year.
Garrett Wilson's Rise: WR Garrett Wilson's 214 receiving yards are tied for second (Falcons WR Drake London) in rookie receiving yards. New Orleans Saints WR Chris Olave leads all rookies in receiving yards (268)
Betting Odds: Steelers are a 3.5-point favorite to win this game
Five Big Questions to Ask:
- Will QB Zack Wilson help elevate the offense to the next level?
- How will QB Zack Wilson's knee hold up?
- Will the Jets' Defense take advantage of the Steelers' offensive woes?
- Will it be a big game for QB Mitch Trubisky?
- The Steelers' run defense has been really shaky lately. Will the RB duo of Breece Hall and Michael Carter exploit it more?
Who Is on The Injury Report?
OUT: OL George Fant (Knee)
Questionable: ILB Quincy Williams (ankle), DE John Franklin Myers (toe), CB Brandin Echols (Hamstring)
The Jets are at full strength on offense for the first time in quite a while. However, it will take some time for the offense to get it together, especially with Zack Wilson back at the helm. The Steelers run defense will not stop the Jets' two-headed monster of Hall and Carter. The Jets will heavily rely on the run game, but the Jets' defense will be the most important factor here. The Steelers have the edge on that as the Jets are prone to making mistakes, so they need to limit their turnovers on the road.