The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, beating the New York Jets, 27-10, at Heinz Field in their home opener.
Mike Tomlin's club looked impressive throughout most of the game, displaying why it is still one of the better teams the AFC has to offer.
Over at Behind The Steel Curtain, Neal Coolong sums up exactly what made the Steelers such a solid unit against Gang Green:
The Steelers rode the wake of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through the first half, getting 13-for-16 and a touchdown (to tight end Heath Miller) from him.
Their defense looked sagging, much like it did in a Week 1 loss at Denver, gave up a touchdown and a field goal on the opening two drives of the game, and shut the Jets out the rest of the way.
Coolong continued, speaking to just how good Pittsburgh appeared as the game entered its critical stages:
By the time Roethlisberger hit wide receiver Mike Wallace on a 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the Jets' offense was essentially non-existent.
That was largely in part of the Steelers defense that was considered flat-lined by many heading into its second game this season. While splash plays weren't coming easily - Pittsburgh had three sacks and one turnover in the game - brutal efficiency against the pass in particular stifled the confused-looking Jets.
With the Oakland Raiders up next and desperate at 0-2, the Steelers will have little time to rest of their laurels.
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