Big Ben and clockwork Steelers receive New York Jets
The New York Jets could not hold their own against with a not-100% Russell Wilson; how will they fare against a Ben Roethlisberger at the top of his game? Here are the online NFL betting odds for the game at Heinz Field on Sunday, October 9th (per the BetNow football betting site):
Jets +7 (-110) 48 (-110)
Steelers -7 (-110) 48 (-110)
The Jets (1-3) lost 27-17 to the Seattle Seahawks in a game in which opposing QB Wilson couldn’t have been more immobile if he had play in a wheelchair. The Seattle signal-caller had a sprained left knee and played with a brace on his leg, and the Jets still allowed him to throw for 309 yards with three TDs. Meanwhile, Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 23 of 41 for 261 yards with one 17-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Brandon Marshall – his first TD catch of the season. On the plus side, Fitzy only threw one interception this time – thank god for small favors, right? Receiver Eric Decker, who is on a week to week basis with a partially torn right rotator cuff, did not play for the Jets.
Steelers (3-1) QB Roethlisberger threw two TD passes to wide receiver Antonio Brown, and three more to Markus ‘Will’ Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and tight end Jesse James for a career high five scoring passes, as Pittsburgh routed the Kansas City Chiefs 43-14. Big Ben went 22 of 27 for 300 passing yards and an almost-perfect 152.5 passer rating. Additionally, the returning Le’Veon Bell rushed for 114 yards on 18 carries and had five receptions for 34 yards. The Steelers made the end zone thrice in six snaps in the first quarter and forced a couple of turnovers as they scored a franchise-record 22 first quarter points. Seven days after their worst loss in 27 years, Pittsburgh delivered the most points the Chiefs have allowed at home in a regular season game since 2013.
Needless to say, the Jets are not the online NFL betting favorites to win this one. To add to their woes, CB Darrelle Revis strained his hamstring, and guard Brian Winters is on concussion protocol – two more question marks for Sunday. All things considered, Jets head coach Todd Bowles might be a little bit in over his head. His overall 11-9 record looks deceptively good, but the fact is that the Jets have defeated only two teams that finished with or currently have winning records, and another two with a .500 record. The seven remaining wins have occurred against teams with losing records. Which means the Jets have struggled against teams with winning records. Which does not bode well for their chances against the Steelers.
And while they may not be undefeated, the Steelers sure look like a winning team by any standards – online NFL betting and otherwise. Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and is second in the conference behind current champions the Denver Broncos. The Steelers are averaging 27 points and 374.5 total yards per game, and yielding 20 points and 394.8 total yards per game.