New York Jets (1-3; 1-3 ATS; 3-1 O/U) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1; 3-1 ATS: 3-1 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:00pm EST
Line: Pittsburgh -6.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New York Jets in week five action Sunday afternoon from Heinz Field. The Jets came up short in a 27-17 home loss to Seattle last week, and the Steelers beat up on the Chiefs, winning 43-14. These clubs last met back in 2014 with the Jets coming out on top 20-13.
Fitzpatrick Interception Struggles Continue in Loss to Seattle
The New York Jets lost their third straight game in another weak performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had more interception troubles. Fitzpatrick connected on 23 of his 41 passes for 261 yards with a touchdown, but he threw three interceptions. The 33-year old quarterback tossed a whopping six interceptions in week three, and has now thrown 10 interceptions to go with just four touchdowns in four games this season, which is a huge concern for the Jets. New York had a very frustrating game on the ground as well, rushing for only 58 yards as they could not find any holes in the Seattle defense. Matt Forte rushed for a season-low 27 yards, and has now rushed for a total of 288 yards on the season. The Jets were without Eric Decker again who is dealing with a tear in his rotator cuff and and is questionable again for this matchup. New Yorks’ offense has struggled the last two week, and they are now averaging 19.8 points per game, ranking them 24th overall.
The Jets defense conceded 300 yards in air to Russell Wilson last Sunday, but they did contain he Seahawks running game, allowing only 66 yards. Leonard Williams made two tackles and also sacked Wilson, and has now recorded four sacks in four games played. The New York defense has not been as good as expected, now conceding an average of 26.2 points per game, ranking them 22nd in the NFL.
Steelers Dominate Chiefs in Bell’s Return
The Pittsburgh Steelers were not happy about their blowout loss to the Eagles in week three, and bounced back in a big way Sunday night in 43-14 blowout win over the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger put on a show, connecting on 22 of 27 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns with no picks. The The 6-foot-5 quarterback has been outstanding in three of the four games, and has now thrown for 1116 yards with a 11 touchdowns with four interceptions on the season. Le’Veon Bell made his return from his three game suspension and looked in mid-season form, rushing for 144 yards, averaging a dazzling 8 yards per carry. Antonio Brown was quiet for his standards, catching for 64 yards, but Sammie Coates had a big game, making six catches for 78 yards. The second year wide receiver is putting together a solid season, sitting second on the team in receiving with 282 yards in the air, and he will only get better. The Steelers possibly have the deepest offense in the NFL, and are now averaging 27 points per game, ranking them ninth overall.
The Steelers defense was solid last Sunday night, allowing just two touchdowns, and forced two turnovers, and recorded four sacks on Alex Smith. Cameron Hayward was a beast, making three sacks, his first three of the season. The Steelers defense has been terrific in each game with the exception of the loss to the Eagles, and are now conceding an average of 20 points per game, ranking them 12th in the NFL.
The New York Jets are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in October.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I am going with the Steelers in this matchup. I have to go with the Steelers seeing how good they looked Sunday night, and because of the poor play of Fitzpatrick the last few weeks. Fitzpatrick has now thrown nine interceptions over his last two games with just one touchdown, so I am not worried about him, and the Steelers defense has been good at stopping the run, allowing only 78 rushing yards per game, so I am confident the Steelers can hold down the Jets offense. Also, the Jets pass defense has been lacking so far this season allowing an average of 285 yards in the air per game, so I think Big Ben will have a lot of success connecting with Brown and Coates, and the Jets will be facing the best running back they’ve seen all season, so I think the Steelers can definitely win this one by a touchdown or more.