Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets NFL Week 2 Odds And Preview

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After a week one rout of the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets will look to improve to 2-0 for the first time under Rex Ryan. To do so, the Jets will have to go into Pittsburgh and knock off the Steelers, who will be looking to rebound after a week one loss to Denver. The game will be the Steelers’ home opener.

THE GAME

The Jets couldn’t score in the preseason. In fact, their offense looked downright dismal at times. The good news? Those games didn’t count. New York looked nearly unstoppable against Buffalo in a game that did count, putting up 48 points in week one, while converting on over 70 percent of their third downs. Mark Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns, while the Jets as a whole found a way to score a touchdown in all four phases of the game.

Putting up big numbers against the Bills is one thing, but doing so against Dick LeBeau’s Pittsburgh defense is a completely different animal. The Steelers are coming off a 31-19 loss at Denver in week one and will be looking to get back on track in their 2012 home opener on Sunday. The Steelers are 17-4 all-time against the Jets, including an 8-1 mark in games played in Pittsburgh, including a win in the 2011 AFC championship game in January of 2011.

WHAT TO WATCH

Sunday will mark the third career game at Heinz Field for Sanchez. Sanchez is 1-1 in Pittsburgh, giving the Jets one of only four all-time wins over the Steelers. On the flip side, Ben Roethlisberger simply doesn’t lose at home. The Pittsburgh quarterback owns a 24-5 record at home over his last 29 games, completing over 60 percent of his passes when playing in the friendly confines of Heinz Field. With two very capable quarterbacks, the obvious question will be which of the two can take care of the football? The Jets came away with three interceptions in Week 1, including an Antonio Cromartie 40-yard touchdown return. Roethlisberger has turned it over against the Jets in the past, tossing six interceptions against the Jets in the last four home games.

ON THE INJURY FRONT

The Steelers should get some reinforcements coming in for this NFL matchup, as defenders Ryan Clark and James Harrison could be back for Pittsburgh, along with running back Rashard Mendenhall on the offensive side of the ball. The return of Clark and Harrison could be big for the Steelers’ defense, a unit that gave up 334 yards to the Broncos in week one.

The GAME LINE

Playing at home, the Steelers are getting the edge from oddsmakers on Week 2 NFL Betting Lines available at Bovada Sportsbook. Pittsburgh is going off as six-point favorites over New York. To cover this line, the Steelers will need to win by at least a seven-point margin. A win by five points or less, and the victory against the spread will go the way of the Jets. Exactly a six-point Pittsburgh win will result in a push.

Despite the 48-point performance from the Jets in Week 1, the over/under point total for this game is set at 41.5 points, thinking that New York will come back down to earth, and points will be tough to come by against the Pittsburgh defense. Actually, both teams have good defenses, so points might be hard to come by all around.

PREDICTIONS

It is no secret that the Jets traditionally do not play well in Pittsburgh. The 1-8 record doesn’t lie. But after the week one performance, the Jets thoroughly believe they could roll into Pittsburgh and improve to 2-0 for the first time under Rex Ryan. The Steelers on the other hand traditionally don’t start 0-2. After a tough loss to Denver in Week 1, expect Pittsburgh’s defense to come out ready to make a statement. The Steelers will be favored, and rightfully so, given the amount of success they have had at home over the last few years. Expect a great game, but always tough to bet against Ben Roethlisberger at home, especially coming off a tough loss.

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