JFD Preview: Jets @ Steelers

Ahhhh, those pesky Steelers.

That’s right, this Sunday the Jets roll into Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in one of the headline match-ups for week 2 in the NFL.  The Steelers are coming off a 31-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night and the Jets are coming off an explosive, all-three-phases type of game against the Buffalo Bills en route to a 48-28 victory at MetLife Stadium.

Sanchez returns to the scene of the crime. (Getty Images)

In an interview with reporters earlier in the week, Lamar Woodley interrupted a reporter’s question about starting 0-2 and stated firmly “We won’t be 0-2.”Yes, it looks like it could be one of games, folks.

Here are some notes and things worth keeping an eye on leading up to the game and going into the game.

  • The Revis-less Secondary: With Revis now out for Sunday’s match up, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson will need to step up big against a deep Steelers WR corp.
  • The Injury Bug: Revis, TE Dustin Keller, OLB Bryan Thomas are all out vs Steelers.  Obviously Revis and Keller are the significant names on this, but OLB
  • Missing Po’uha: After sitting out week 1, will Sione Po’uha’s play help shore up the run defense?
  • Not so solid Steelers: OLB James Harrison, S Troy Polamalu, and RB Rashard Mendenhall are all expected to be out of Sunday’s game.
  • WR Reunion: WR Jerricho Cotchery and WR Santonio Holmes are both going up against former teams.  Cotchery is kind of buried on the deep WR depth chart so don’t expect much from him.
  • Austin Howard Take 2: Will new right tackle Austin Howard continue his surprisingly stellar performance against the Steelers?  He’ll have his work cut out for him.
  • Repeatable Hill: Can WR Stephen Hill and QB Mark Sanchez continue their repore with each other that was responsible for two week 1 touchdowns?
  • Steelers OL Woes: Can the Jets get pressure on Big Ben and bring him down with Ben’s suspect offensive line?  With Bryan Thomas out, expect a heavy dose of Aaron Maybin on passing downs.  Will he be able to generate pressure?
  • Cat out of the bag: Will the Tim Tebow led Wildcat produce any eye-popping numbers?

Jets @ Steelers kick off at 4:25 EDT at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

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