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Steelers Fly Past Jets For First Win

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Pittsburgh S Ryan Clark had a team-high eight tackles and collected of the Steelers' two interceptions against Jets rookie QB Geno Smith as the Steelers turned in their finest defensive effort of the season. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images.
Pittsburgh S Ryan Clark had a team-high eight tackles and collected of the Steelers' two interceptions against Jets rookie QB Geno Smith as the Steelers turned in their finest defensive effort of the season. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images.

The Pittsburgh Steelers found their first win of the season on Sunday against the New York Jets.  For the first time this year, the Steelers forced turnovers and shut down the opposing offense.

The defense picked off QB Geno Smith twice and held the offense to only 287 yards. Confusing opposing offenses has not been a strong suit, but the Steelers forced the young signal-caller to struggle. The defense came into the game with a sense of urgency, “It was a definitely a nice sense of urgency this week and that’s what we need to continue to do,” DE Brett Keisel commented after the game.

Players and coaches believe they can climb their way out of their winless start and QB Ben Roethlisberger is a reason why. Roethlisberger threw for 264 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. The veteran quarterback didn’t commit a turnover and led an offense that dominated the Jets in possession.

“It’s good to get a win obviously; we still feel we have a long way to go though”, Roethlisberger said after the game, “I told the guys let’s be happy now, but let’s not be satisfied.”

The running game seemed to be the only part of the team that struggled. The Steelers only managed 73 rushing yards, averaging 2.8 yards a carry. The team will need rookie RB Le’Veon Bell to step up against the Baltimore Ravens, which ranks 11th in the league in rushing defense.

Even though the running game couldn’t get going, WR Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 86 yards and even completed a 15-yard pass. TE Heath Miller continues to give the team solid play after returning from injury, ending the game with six receptions and 84 yards.

The Steelers cannot stay satisfied after beating a struggling team with a rookie quarterback. The Jets won their previous game on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, but they are not the Denver Broncos. The team has to put this win behind them and turn its focus to the AFC North-rival Ravens.

While the victory against the Jets did not remove the Steelers from the division cellar, it highlights what the team can do when it is focused and truly hungry for a win.