Wilson Set to Return for Jets
All eyes will be on the starting quarterbacks for different reasons. Second-year Jets quarterback Zach Wilson is expected to make his season debut after being injured in the preseason, with Joe Flacco returning to his backup role. On the other side, Mitch Trubisky ranks 29th among starting QBs in passing efficiency, and one has to wonder how long it will be before first-round pick Kenny Pickett gets the call.
The Jets are ninth in the NFL in total offense, with Pittsburgh 31st out of 32 teams. The Steelers are only slightly better on defense, ranking 24th.
It isn’t often when the Steelers (+1600) have the worst odds in the AFC North Division, according to the NFL predictions. The Jets (+8000) are last in the AFC East odds.
The Steelers (+6600) are tied for 14th, and the Jets are 15th in the odds to win the AFC championship.
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Rookie running back Breece Hall is coming off a season-high 14 offensive touches in last week’s loss to defending AFC champion Cincinnati. Hall is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and hauled in 13 of 21 targets as a receiver. His role only figures to increase as the season goes on.
The New York Jets are already without Mekhi Becton, and the offensive line got more bad news when veteran George Fant went on injured reserve. Flacco was sacked nine times in the first three games, and keeping Wilson protected and allowing him to work with a clean pocket is crucial.
Rookie receiver Garrett Wilson has been targeted 32 times this season and, like Hall, look for him to continue to carve out a more significant role, especially with Zach Wilson back at quarterback.
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Second-leading tackler Quincy Williams will be missed after suffering an ankle injury. The Jets did add veteran linebacker Kwon Alexander in the offseason, so he figures to be pretty busy moving forward.
The Jets have covered against the NFL betting lines in just seven of the last 20 games.
Those suggesting that Ben Roethlisberger was done a season ago would gladly take Big Ben back. No AFC team has fewer passing yards than the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is not like the running game has been unstoppable, with Najee Harris averaging just 3.2 yards per carry while Mitch Trubisky is averaging only 5.5 yards per passing attempt.
Rookie receiver George Pickens was more involved in the passing game with 39 yards on three catches in last week’s loss to Cleveland. Expect more from him, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
In the absence of T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith has stepped up with 4½ sacks. Myles Jack, acquired in the offseason after spending his first six seasons with Jacksonville, leads the Steelers with 35 tackles.
Minkah Fitzpatrick is a key member of the secondary, and Steelers fans could take a deep breath after he returned to practice on Wednesday.
Something to consider for those looking at the NFL betting odds: four of Pittsburgh’s last five games finished under the total.
Jets vs Steelers Injury Report
Jets vs Steelers Head-to-Head
The Jets have won two of the last three matchups with Pittsburgh. In the most recent one, the Jets won 16-10 as a three-point underdog at home in a game that had just 519 yards of offense.
Many of the key players from both teams are no longer with either the Jets or Steelers. However, Diontae Johnson led the Steelers with eight catches and 81 yards.
Pittsburgh has won the last three games in the series at home, with the last win by the Jets on the road coming in 2010.
Jets vs Steelers Game Information
- Records: Jets 1-2 vs Steelers 1-2
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 2nd
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh
- How to watch Jets vs Steelers? ESPN
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Jets vs Steelers Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Jets vs Steelers Prediction
There is plenty of talent at the skill positions for both teams, but neither of them has found their rhythm yet.
Pittsburgh’s longest run of the season is from under-the-radar receiver Gunner Olszewski, which speaks volumes of where the offense is right now. Punter Pressley Harvin is tied for the NFL lead with 17 punts, which is not a positive sign.
Jets fans have a reason to be excited to see the Wilson to Wilson matchup with quarterback Zach Wilson looking for Garrett Wilson early and often.
Something to consider for those who bet online: the Steelers have covered in just two of the last 11 games as a favorite. The Jets are only 3-13 over its last 16 road games.
This could very well be a tough game to watch, and that is why the total is hovering right around 40 points. With the Jets’ struggles on the road, Pittsburgh might be able to do just enough to cover in this matchup.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.