The New York Jets have come to Pittsburgh seven times since 1981 and left as losers six times.
The Steelers look to make it 7 of 8 Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field as Week 2 NFL odds action kicks off. The Jets were 6-point underdogs but the OVER may be the bet of choice.
In 20 recent road games, the Jets have played OVER 16 times and they have also proven a reliable OVER play when an underdog (11-3 past 14).
Mark Sanchez looked great in his 2012 debut against the Buffalo Bills, but he’ll be facing a tougher test this week on the road against the Steelers. Sportsbook.ag saw little movement this week in the point spread here.
Each of the last four games between these two teams has been decided by five points or less, and the Jets are 3-1 ATS over that span.
If you're siding with the visitors in this one you'll find the Jets listed as 6.5-point underdogs at GTbets.eu. Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 41.5 over at Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 20-rated Steelers and the No. 9-rated Jets in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 52-20 win for the Jets on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 19 PPG, against a Jets defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 28 PPG. The Steelers aerial game is averaging 209 yards per game, more than the Jets secondary allows through the air, 195 YPG per game.
New York won its last outing, a 48-28 result against the Bills on September 9. The Jets covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 76 combined points took the game OVER the total. New York comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Mark Sanchez in defeating the Bills 48-28.
Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 31-19 result against the Broncos on September 9. The Steelers failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 50 combined points took the game OVER the total. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Broncos, who won 31-19 on Sunday.
New York Jets Trends:
When playing in September are 8-2
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the division are 5-5
Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4
A few Jets at Steelers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 16 of the NY Jets last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the NY Jets last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Jets last 7 games
NY Jets are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against NY Jets
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
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Pittsburgh at Oakland, Sunday, September 23