Steelers Hoping to Move Past Week 1 Loss With Upcoming Jets Battle

Peyton Manning and the Broncos proved too much for the Steelers on Sunday, with the squad suffering a 31-19 loss. The Steelers drew first blood after a quiet first quarter with a field goal in the second, and even secured the lead early in the 4th quarter. But Manning dissected the Steelers defense in 10 plays for a touchdown that started the route. A field goal and interception later, and the Steelers were warming up the plane. Manning’s debut for the Broncos brought the highest television ratings for Sunday night football games, as well as drawing 76,823 loyal fans with Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers tickets.

Now the Steelers face what could be a tough challenge in the Jets, if their first week is indeed an indication that the Jets were just holding out for the games that counted during the 2012 preseason — the Jets failed to make the end zone in their first three games. Only a touchdown courtesy of the reserves in the fourth game saved the Jets from missing the end zone all preseason. But the Jets turned that all around in a week 1 defeat of the Buffalo Bills 48-28. Sanchez was huge in the 2012 Jets opener, completing 19 of 27 passes and logging three touchdowns. The defense came alive for the Jets as well, grabbing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Last year’s Steelers would have scoffed at the Jets. After all, they had the best defense in the league. But this year’s Steelers look drastically different; the squad gave up 334 yards to Manning and the Broncos offense on Sunday. But the Steelers will also get two crucial players back from the bench, Ryan Clark and James Harrison. These reinforcements could give the Steelers the edge they need to face the Jets. Should the Steelers drop their next game against New York, they’ll go 0-2 for the first time in a decade.