Top 10 Game-Defining Plays In The Steelers Week 5 Win Over The Jets

Below are 10 game-defining Plays in the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 win over the New York Jets.

10 – Six minutes remained in the first quarter and the Jets offense faced a 3rd and 9. Receiver Brandon Marshall was open on a crossing route and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threaded the needle between the Steelers’ defense.  Inexplicably, Marshall dropped the pass even though he was wide open and the pass hit him in the hands.

9 – With 11:30 left in the 2nd quarter the Jets offense faced a 3rd and 9 at the Steelers 25. Fitzpatrick connected with wide receiver Charone Peake. He had plenty of space to work with in the open field but Steelers cornerback Artie Burns made a great tackle which stalled out the Jets drive. They were forced to kick a field goal and the Steelers maintained their lead; 7-6.

8 – Ben Roethlisberger has showed development as a game manager in his time under Steelers’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Perhaps no play better embodied this than on 3rd and 1 with four minutes left in the first quarter. The Steelers came out in 11 personnel with two receivers and tight end Jesse James lined up in a bunch right formation. The Jets defense “sugared” the “A gaps” with linebackers, meaning they were showing blitz on both sides on the center. Roethlisberger calmly audibled to an off tackle running play. Tackle Chris Hubbard and James executed great blocks and running back Le’Veon Bell found the crease and converted on 3rd and short. This play shows how far the offense has come as a unit. Even though they were shorthanded, the offensive group was on the same page and able to execute.

7 – Fitzpatrick fought to get the Jets offense going with a little less than ten minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  On 3rd and 1 the Jets called a shuttle pass to running back Matt Forte. Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was unblocked, played gap assignment defense and made a beautiful tackle to end the Jets drive.

6 – The Jets offense attempted to get something going on a drive with five minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Forte attempted a zone stretch run on first down, only to be swallowed up behind the line of scrimmage by Steelers linebacker Vince Williams and safety Jordan Dangerfield. Another stop that kept the Jets’ offense from staying behind schedule.

5 – Under a minute remained in the 3rd quarter and while the Steelers offense got to the Jets 33-yard line they were faced with a 3rd and 3. Jets defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins was caught offside and Steelers center Maurice Pouncey snapped the ball but only half of the defense reacted on account of the flags. As a result, Roethlisberger got a free play and he found wide receiver Sammie Coates down field for a gain of 22 yards. The big 3rd down conversion set up the offense in the red zone.

4 – Less than a minute remained in the half, Roethlisberger had operated the two-minute drill seamlessly and led the offense to the Jets’ two-yard line.  On 2nd and goal the Jets had a blown coverage where two defenders followed Bell into the flat leaving nobody in the middle of the field to account for tight end Jesse James. Roethlisberger accounted for him, and threw another touchdown pass, cashing in on a 11 play 75-yard drive.  Not to mention it gave the Steelers a 14-13 lead going into halftime.

3 – On the first play of the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger dropped back to pass with the ball on the Jets’ six-yard line. His offensive line did a great job protecting him and the quarterback surveyed the field. He eventually found an open Antonio Brown in the end zone for the Steelers third touchdown of the game.

2 – With less than two minutes left in the game the Steelers faced a 3rd and goal from the Jets’ five-yard line. Roethlisberger once again got great protection and found Coates in the end zone for the wide receiver’s second touchdown on the day. This red zone efficiency is something the offense needs to continue to nurture if they’re going to continue to be elite.

1 – No surprise here, but on 3rd and 7 Roethlisberger found Coates streaking past Jets’ cornerback Marcus Williams for a 72-yard touchdown pass and the wide receiver’s first NFL touchdown. This pass and catch set the tone for an effective passing game for most of the day.

What other plays do you think helped the Steelers pull out the win against the Jets?

About the Author

Patrick Gelesh

Fourth generation Steelers fan, contributing from the Crescent City. Soon to be graduating with a master’s degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in football. My grandfather and mother witnessed the Immaculate Reception, they made sure I was brought up on classic rock and classic Steelers.

  • Jones

    Not game defining, but I laughed when LT tried to get some help off the turf from the Jets O after a play & didn’t get any love.

  • Xclewsive

    I thought I was the only one who saw that. It got a tad awkward because the Jet OL extended his hand then snatched it back. ROTFL

  • Bill

    A comment on paragraph # 3 above: Ben waits quite a long time for AB to come open and them makes the TD throw in a rapidly closing window. Great play; it’s a touchdown! However take a look at DHB on the left who is virtually uncovered from the start of the play and would have been a quicker and less risky throw. The point? I’ve noticed this in Big Ben before in the red zone: He’s looking only at one potential receiver and does not apparently see others who may be open. If AB had not come open, the play probably would have been lost. I believe this is one of the constituents of the Steelers’ red zone inconsistencies. People have been open but for some reason the connection is not made. Please; I love Ben just like the rest of you, just wanted to point this out.

  • Don

    That was a great read by Jarvis Jones to sniff out that shovel pass. That came right after he had batted down a pass on the previous play. Good sequence for him.

  • Yeshaya

    I really like this series of articles. It’s like a verbal highlight reel, and with context too. Keep it up Patrick!

  • Ken

    Clearly the best game of Jarvis Jones as a pro. His energy level and game awareness came together finally.

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Hey guys thnx for the positive feedback… i’ve been working on a very unique series of articles that should be out soon… I hope you check it out and enjoy it, you’ll know when you see it!! Also you can always spread the love by following me on twitter @geleshpatrick or retweet yourselves!! thanks for all of the support

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Bill you are right, DHB was open and Ben plays favorites in the red zone… and it may lead to inconsistencies but in the red zone the openings are smaller and there’s USUALLY less time in the pocket to make reads so if your first option isn’t open you get rid of it, run, or check down, Ben had the luxury of waiting in the pocket until Brown came open, Not a normal red zone occurrence… but a great point either way!

  • Patrick Gelesh

    Thank you 🙂

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    I also remember the play before the TD to Jesse James, he should have thrown to a wide open bell on the right side rather than Sammie coates.

  • Don2727

    I missed a lot of this game. My daughter was being born during the first half. (You know your an addict when something like that is going on and you cant stop thinking about how you are missing the game! ha,ha ) Anybody know how to get the rerun of it online for free?.. Link?

  • 20Stoney

    Congratulations!

  • Nwall2

    Bowles electing to punt the ball down 11 with 7 minutes left to go. Honestly, the most surprising play of the game. As soon as the ball was punted and we got possession I knew the game was over.

  • Don2727

    Thanks Stoney!

  • PA2AK_

    I understand the point, but correct me if I’m wrong…red zone efficiency so far this year is more than anyone can hope for.