Steelers Defense Limits Explosive Plays In Win Over Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense held the New York Jets to just six points Sunday to help the team notch their first win of the season and they recorded their first two turnovers of the year in the process. More importantly, perhaps, they limited the killer explosive plays that killed them in the London loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

On the day, the Steelers defense only surrendered two plays of 20 yards or more and only two runs of 10 yards or more, with the longest being 18 yards with 3:43 left in the game.

In the loss to the Vikings, the Steelers defense allowed five explosive plays and running back Adrian Peterson was one yard short of a sixth. Two of those explosive plays ended in touchdowns.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau preaches to his defense to not to give up the big play and when the offense provides the unit with the lead, that is usually when the turnovers happen. Both turnovers on Sunday came when the Steelers had a lead of 10 or more points and that’s not a surprise, especially against a rookie quarterback.

While the defense as a whole still needs to clean up their tackling a little bit more, they are indeed headed back in the right direction as they now prepare for a crucial home game against the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday at Heinz Field.

  • TJimmy

    A win next week will be crucial, as they would match the Ravens in the loss column along with the Browns if they lose to Green Bay.

  • Jason White

    I was really hoping the Bills pulled off the win against the Bengals to make a perfect ending to the day but I am more than pleased with the Ravens and Browns landing in the loss column. They really need to try to get to at least 2-1 or preferably 3-0 over the next 3 weeks which includes the Ravens at home and on the road against the Raiders and Patriots, Not gonna be easy but I will consider 2-1 a good thing as long as the Ravens aren’t the ones giving us the 1 in 2-1. We need to stack wins especially in those 5 remaining divisional games.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Well done overall, but they got lucky when Smith overthrew Hill when he was 5 yards behind everybody.

  • Jason White

    I agree with you there. They were very lucky cause I thought it was a sure touchdown.

  • rizzo29

    Hard fought win,Be nice if they could play Geno Smith every week

  • 20Stoney

    I don’t want to be a wet blanket, but I’m not that excited yet. They beat a one dimensional team forced to throw with a rookie quarterback. A win is a win though. Beachum had a lot of mistakes, but he looks like Anthony Munoz compared to Adams. At least he competes.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Too many FG’s and not enough touchdowns. No sustained running game. Poor pass rush. There are still big problems to deal with. Getting a win is good but this team is still a long way from being good. I am a big Steelers fan but I’m not going to let one win cloud my judgment. I still see them as no better than a 5 or 6 win team at best. I hope they can prove me wrong. Time will tell.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Jets were lucky too when Ben overthrew Sanders after he was able to spin out of a safety sack. E Sanders was running free. Seems like every game comes down to a couple of big plays that were made or not made. I think that play was on Troy for guessing wrong Ike seemed to be expecting help inside.

  • rizzo29

    Agreed,next week a different story

  • HopalongCassidy

    Right now, Baltimore is playing no better than just average as far as NFL teams go and this is a home game where the Steelers should play their best. A loss next week will pretty well put the nail in the coffin for this year.