NFL Betting – Jets Come Back To Earth Against Steelers
New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday September 16, 2012 4:25PM EST
The Pittsburgh Steelers are injured across the offensive line and have key injuries at the running back position. Pittsburgh also had to play its first game of the season without injured linebacker James Harrison. Despite all of the
problems the Pittsburgh Steelers are having this season, the online football betting world still considers the Steelers to be a far superior team on both sides of the ball to the Buffalo Bills. The New York Jets are going to find that beating a weak Buffalo team at home is nothing compared to trying to play a determined Pittsburgh team on the road.
The legal online sports betting world finally got to see the wildcat formations that the New York Jets have kept so secret all preseason, and no one was really impressed. The obvious lack of a plan for the use of Tim Tebow shows that Tebow was brought in just to generate headlines and shine more of the spotlight on the Jets. Tebow did not show any particular strength at any one position, and he played on offense and special teams. What the Jets thought would be an offensive plan to intimidate other teams turned out to be a bunch of trickery
that showed no real purpose. It is the kind of thing the Pittsburgh Steelers love to squash.
The online sportsbook experts know that the Pittsburgh Steelers were completely out of backup offensive linemen by the second quarter of its opening game against the Broncos. As has been the problem for Pittsburgh
the past few years, the team is not able to get any cohesion on the offensive line because of persistent injuries.
On defense, the Steelers showed signs of missing the departed James Farrior and the injured James Harrison, but the Steelers still looked aggressive on defense. The bet online experts are expecting safety Troy Polamalu to be unleashed on the Jets' novelty offense and disrupt it significantly.
New York Jets
Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez did look more confident and accurate in the opening game against the Bills. The Jets' running game also looked strong thanks to the running of Shonn Greene. But the Jets did not show
any potent use of the wildcat that would strike the fear into the hearts of the opposition that New York
had promised. When Tebow was on the field, the offense looked disorganized and predictable.
The Jets' defense was strong against the pass but suspect against the run. Bad tackling and lack of aggressive line play hurt the Jets. It is something New York will need to work on for this week.
The Bottom Line
The Pittsburgh Steelers offer a far more complex challenge to the New York Jets than the Buffalo Bills did. The Steelers actually have a pass rush that will cause the Jets to stick with more traditional offensive setups. In the end, this is a game that will bring the Jets back to Earth and exploit all of the weaknesses the team has on both sides of the ball.
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Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers