Following a big victory Thursday night on the Arizona Cardinals, we’ll look to keep the momentum going here with an AFC showdown between the 1-3 New York Jets and the 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers.
New York was considered a fringe playoff team heading into the year, but you can bet they’ll be putting a special emphasis on this contest. For starters, you don’t want to go down to a 1-4 record and try and claw your way back. Secondly, the Steelers are most definitely one of the teams they’ll be battling with for post-season positioning. A win here would really serve them well. The Jets have played well this season and endured some tough losses to very good teams. They’re better than their record shows and have the potential to show that in Pittsburgh.
For the Steelers they remain one of the top teams in all of the NFL. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders and enter this contest fresh off a destruction of the Chiefs in Week 4. They’re a tough group to beat at home, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Jets can manage much against such a formidable opponent with their backs against the wall. Read on below for a full game analysis and betting selection to continue a Week 5 of success!
Jets at Steelers Betting Odds:
New York Jets +9 (-110)
@ Pittsburgh Steelers -9 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Jets at Steelers Pick:
The betting line for this Jets/Steelers match-up has really swelled up over the weekend, giving us an even better price on the underdog Jets. New York really has been much better than their 1-3 record would indicate, and deserved a better fate against the Seahawks recently. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has come under fire for a lot of his interceptions, though if you go back and watch the highlights, a lot of those are coming off of tipped balls or simply great plays by defenders. Look for the Jets’ quarterback to bounce back in a big way Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh right now has big issues within their secondary and Fitzpatrick has the arm and the ability to take downfield shots to expose this. Between Brandon Marshall and the rising Quincy Enunwa – both should be in for some big plays on Sunday.
Also on offense for New York, though Pittsburgh does tend to clamp down pretty well on running out of the backfield, their running backs are dangerous pass catchers can do damage in other ways. Both Matt Forte and Bilal Powell could go off as receivers from the backfield.
Defensively, it’s going to be tough to stop the aerial attack that Pittsburgh possesses. There’s not a defensive back in the league that can effectively cover Antonio Brown, and as history has shown us – you just can’t really get to Big Ben in the backfield. That said, the Jets are quite formidable at shutting down opposing running games, and even though Le’Veon Bell is a talented back – the Jets beefy front has clamped down the ground and pound all season. Look for New York to solely focus on limiting the damage of Pittsburgh’s passing attack, in hopes of keeping them one-dimensional. The Jets also have a pretty solid pass rush, so even though it’s hard to get Roethlisberger down, perhaps some rushed situations will force the star QB into some ill-advised throws.
This line has simply gotten out of control and I can’t figure out why. The Steelers are a great team, but the Jets have shown a lot better than to be listed as nearly double-digit underdogs. They’ve battled in every single game this season, and with their backs against the wall here in Week 5, expect another solid performance. They’ve endured some awful luck of late, and they’ll be able to throw the ball on the Steelers’ secondary. While I think Pittsburgh will get the win, the Jets keep things close on Sunday.
PICK = Jets +9 (-110)