Steelers move to 1-4 after much anticipated victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finally ended their wait for a first win of the season, with their 19-6 victory over the New York Jets at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday ending their four-game losing streak.
After making their worst start to a campaign since 1968, the Steelers secured their 600th win in franchise history and became only the fourth team to reach the milestone.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 23 of 30 for 264 yards with one touchdown pass, while opposite number Geno Smith struggled as he registered numbers of 19 of 34 for 201 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions as well as three sacks.
Pittsburgh had taken their time to clear their heads over the bye week after losing out to the Minnesota Vikings in London a fortnight ago, and appeared to be sharper than their opponents on Sunday.
Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders while Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals as the some of the early pressure that has built up on the Steelers will have eased slightly with the first win on the board.
“It’s tough because when you have that zero, your mind automatically goes to, `Let’s get this first win,” safety Ryan Clark said according to ESPN.
“Now, you’re just trying to win each game and there’s not as much pressure on each and every play.”
While Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted after the game that Pittsburgh had outplayed them, he will have more concerns after a quartet of starters, (Powell, Gates, Wilson and Goodson), left the field with various injuries and did not return with the severity of their knocks not yet known.
In contrast, the Steelers camp are now more optimistic after having taken the first step of recovery that they can continue to do so when they host the Baltimore Ravens next weekend, while the Jets will hope to bounce back against the visiting New England Patriots.