Steelers Shut Down Sanchez; Dominate Jets

By Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.
September 17, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Sanchez (C) hit just six of his last 22 pass attempts against an aggressive Steeler defense in the loss. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

After an impressive offensive display in the Jets’ opener against Buffalo, New York’s (1-1) offense was shut down by Pittsburgh (1-1) in Sunday’s 27–10 loss at Heinz Field.

Mark Sanchez, who was 4-for-5 passing for 80 yards and a touchdown on the Jets opening drive, finished just 10-for-27 for 138 yards on the game. Meanwhile running backs Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell carried the ball 20 times for just 56 yards—an average of just 2.8 yards—against a Steeler defense that was without defensive stars Troy Polamalu and James Harrison.

The Jets’ defense, playing without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, held up well under the circumstances but ultimately were on the field too long. The Steelers won the time of possession battle by having the ball for more than 36 minutes.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jets linebacker Garrett McIntyre had two sacks and four tackles for loss.

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Dave Martin
Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.