The New York Jets already know what it takes to go into the Steel City and pull off the upset. However, the oddsmakers have lined them as short underdogs in this NFL betting battle.
We’ve got the Top 5 reasons why the visitors are going to make it a very disappointing day for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans on Sunday.
#5: Rex Ryan is the better coach in this game: Sure, we know that Mike Tomlin can flash a Super Bowl ring, but Rex Ryan is a great schemer, and he clearly has the support of his team. The Jets just love playing for Ryan, and he is always getting the best out of his squad. We know if things are going wrong, Sexy Rexy is going to be able to come up with some different plan to turn the tide. We’re not so sure Tomlin can do that.
#4: It’s us against the world: It’s amazing what we, as humans, can do when our backs are against the world. For professional athletes, it’s even bigger. The Jets are literally flying all over the place just trying to shun all their naysayers. Part of this goes back to the mentality that Ryan has instilled in this team. New York is clearly the bad boy of the NFL betting world right now, and it relishes the role. There are going to be millions of fans of 31 teams rooting against the Jets on Sunday, and that’s just perfectly okay, especially on the road, for the visitors.
#3: New York has cracked the rushing code: Trying to run the ball against the Steelers defense is usually about as effective as trying to run through a brick wall. However, the Jets figured it out in Week 15. Though neither LaDainian Tomlinson nor Shonn Greene really had fantastic games in that victory, the team did have 106 yards. It took 27 carries to get there, which isn’t all that great of a yards per carry average, but again, when you’re talking about a defense that generally gives up right around 60 yards per game, that triple digit mark is key.
Jets vs. Steelers 2011 AFC Championship Game Betting:
- Jets vs. Steelers Point Spread: Steelers -3.5 points
- Jets vs. Steelers Over-Under: 38.5 points
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#2: The Jets clearly flustered Big Ben: You won’t find a defensive front that can get after the passer the same way the Jets can, and that includes these Steelers. New York sacked Tom Brady five times last week, and the Steelers allowed six sacks against the Baltimore Ravens. The Jets got into the Pittsburgh backfield time and time again in the first meeting of these teams, and they had three sacks to show for it. Ben Roethlisberger also only went 23-of-44 on the day, and though he did throw for 264 yards, many came later on when the Steelers were trying to come from behind.
#1: Been there, done that: What more do the Jets really have to prove? They’ve beaten the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers, and the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in the playoffs over the last two seasons, and they darn near had the Colts last year in the AFC Championship Game as well. They had one of the best road records in the league this year at 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS, and there is no team on the planet that we trust more in this situation than the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!