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Old 01-21-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default What Steelers must do to beat Jets in AFC championship game

What Steelers must do to beat Jets in AFC championship game
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...0,646293.story

By Sam Farmer

January 21, 2011, 5:25 p.m.

What the Pittsburgh Steelers need to do to defeat the New York Jets in Sunday's AFC championship game (3:30 p.m. PST, Channel 2):

It's Miller time

Get the ball to tight end Heath Miller over the middle. He sat out the regular-season game against the Jets because of a concussion, and could be a pivotal player in this rematch. He's fast and elusive enough to create mismatch problems for New York's slower inside linebackers. Ben Roethlisberger is likely to look for him.

Avoid Mr. Everything

The Steelers need to play keep-away from returner/receiver/wildcat quarterback Brad Smith, who's a major big-play threat. It was Smith who returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against them. They can't let him beat them.

Remember who you are


They are the Pittsburgh Steelers. They stop the run. It's as simple as that. The Steelers were ahead of every other team in the league in that department by an absurd margin they allowed an average of 62.8 yards, and second-place Chicago allowed 90.1. Yet the Jets ran for 106 yards against the Steelers. That cannot happen again.

Make it a (third and) long day

Too often in the first game, the Jets were in third-and-manageable situations. That's because they ran so effectively on first and second down after halftime. If the Steelers can get them in more third-and-long situations, the likelihood of a turnover goes way up.

Let No. 7 roll

The Jets are going to try to keep Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket. The Steelers need him to be able to get outside, extend plays and create. That's when some of the biggest plays happen. Despite his Big Ben nickname, he doesn't have a clock in his head. Give him some time and he's deadly.

Speed kills

Look for big days from one, two or three of Pittsburgh's scorching-fast receivers: Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. Sanders and Wallace had seven catches each in the first game against the Jets, mostly on intermediate routes. Wallace was targeted 10 times, and Sanders a season-high 13. If they Jets aren't stopping it, the Steelers will keep doing it.

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Old 01-21-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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No turnovers or special teams TDs, and they should win it handley.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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shut down the running game and force sanchez into 3rd and long. we should be fine from there
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Steelers have to finish their drives off with TDs not FGs, FGs will give the Jets more belief that they can stay in the game long enough to snag it at the end. Do not give up long kickoff returns to the Jets, make them earn their points by going the length of the field. Also, have to limit their yards on the ground, make Sanchez have to beat the Steelers w/ long passes. Steeler defense has to create some third & longs, get off the field quickly. Finally, make contact w/ Sanchez, if its either by sacks or just getting him to the ground on completed passes, those hits will add up as the game goes along, will wear him down come 4th qtr.
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they definitely need to win the field position battle. Giving up big plays on special teams or letting the Jets hang around would kill us. The jets seem like the Browns to me, a Ryan-run-defense, a great special teams player (who we have to avoid), and a developing quarterback who can make some good plays.

The Steelers have seen it before, and they just need to play their own game in order to win.
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Score first, then try to put them on as long a field as possible, and then come all after the boy and hit him on this sunday's freezingly cold day Trust me, this kid will fold faster then a cheap " Soft Taco "
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they definitely need to win the field position battle. Giving up big plays on special teams or letting the Jets hang around would kill us. The jets seem like the Browns to me, a Ryan-run-defense, a great special teams player (who we have to avoid), and a developing quarterback who can make some good plays.

The Steelers have seen it before, and they just need to play their own game in order to win.

Yeah, stay turnover free, just execute the offense & let the defense go to work on this Jets offense. Yeah, would be nice to get the Jets to make some of those mistakes the Browns always make against the Steelers.
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No turnovers or special teams TDs, and they should win it handley.
That special teams is still a little shaky to me.
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