By Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly
We’re back predicting the Steelers’ game, as we will each week this season.
Alan Robinson’s Pick
STEELERS 20, JETS 17
OK, so I misread the first game. Peyton Manning was better than I thought he would be coming off his 20-month absence and the Steelers defense minus James Harrison, Ryan Clark, et al couldn’t hold a lead or get the Broncos’ offense off the field when it mattered. Mark Sanchez is no Peyton Manning – though he’s assuredly better than Tim Tebow – but he’s capable of beating the Steelers. He’s already done it at Heinz. I just don’t think he will do it this week in this game under these circumstances. This is as must-win as a Week 2 game can be, and I think the Steelers will persevere and win it. Look for Ben Roethlisberger to win it with a TD throw in the fourth quarter.
MARK KABOLY’s PICK
STEELERS 17, JETS 7
I’m buying the demise of the Steelers’ defense as much as I am buying the resurrection of the Jets’ offense. Both will come back to reality this week. The Jets got a monster game out of the inconsistent Mark Sanchez at quarterback and even with a heavier dose of Tim Tebow expected, the Jets offense isn’t going to put up numbers like they did against the Bills. Look for the Steelers’ run-defense to clamp down on the Jets and put the offense in the hands of both Sanchez and Tebow. The Steelers can’t afford to go to 0-2, and they won’t.
Standings to Date:
Mark Kaboly 1-0
Alan Robinson 0-1
Now, it’s your turn. Please make your pick. A lot of you were wrong last week, but some of you were right. Have at it …