Jets Trapped By Steelers

Following the Steelers' win, Dale Lolley came home with another opinionated notebook.

The New York media was calling this a trap game for the Jets, who host New England next week, and were totally overlooking the fact that the Steelers host Baltimore.

Then again, the way the Steelers had been playing, every game has been a trap.

There wasn't a lot of glad-handing or anything like that in the Steelers' locker room following the team's first win, a 19-6 victory over the trapped Jets. The Steelers realize they've nearly buried themselves with their 0-4 start.

But they also realize that if they continue to do some of the things they did in this game - control the clock, force turnovers, don't turn it over - they can win quite a few more times before the obituary is written on this season.

As LaMarr Woodley put it, "We finally did what we're supposed to do."

* Kelvin Beachum wasn't great at left tackle, but he was the only option the Steelers had once Levi Brown went down in warmups with a triceps injury.

The Steelers had planned on going with Beachum the entire game, so it wasn't that big of a deal. But the linemen knew they were one play from disaster. The only other lineman dressed once Brown went down was Guy Whimper.

That didn't stop the line from showing some spark throughout this game. I particularly enjoyed watching Ramon Foster going after outside linebacker Garrett McIntyre.

"Yeah, that was fun," said Foster. "We needed to play with that nasty edge."

The line wasn't great, but it played winning football, particularly after a slow start in the first quarter.

* How slow was the start?

The Steelers went three-and-out on their first two possessions. They then scored on five of their next six possessions.

Yes, four of those scores were field goals, but you got the idea about halfway through the first quarter of this game that the first team to score a TD was going to win.

* Coach Mike Tomlin said injuries to Brown and tight end David Johnson, a wrist injury, could be significant.

That's tough news, particularly for Johnson, who had been playing productive football.

* Chatted with Sean Spence in the elevator Saturday. He made the trip - which he usually doesn't do - and is readying for a return. He's eligible to come off the PUP list next week, but the Steelers have a few weeks to make any decisions with him.

Perhaps the thought that Spence was close to a return pushed Vince Williams. He played much better against a tough Jets running game.

* If Antonio Brown catches the first-half touchdown pass that he should have had, this game would have been the mother of all routs.

As soon as the Steelers went up 10 points in the second half, I tweeted that it was time for a turnover. Geno Smith promptly fumbled on a hit from Lawrence Timmons, though the young QB recovered the loose ball.

Smith seemed intent on coughing the ball up, though, and threw one right to Ryan Clark down at the goal line.

He tried to give Clark another one later in the fourth quarter, but Clark Ike Taylor-ed one right at him. I'm probably being too harsh on Ike. He would have caught that one right to him.

Had the Steelers gone up by a couple of scores - not FGs - earlier, they might have forced four or five turnovers.

* The Steelers went back to mixing and matching with Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds and it worked.

Worilds recorded the team's first sack and Jones was active as a pass rusher as well, picking up a couple of hurries and hitting Smith to force his second interception.

Then again, they might have just had a good matchup on the left side of the Jets' line with a rookie QB who's still learning when to get rid of the ball.

The Steelers had 3 sacks and could have had six or seven if Smith didn't run out of the grasp of a couple.

* Shaun Suisham has now made 42 of his past 43 kicks inside of 50 yards. Of course, the only miss was a 24-yarder last year against Cincinnati at home in a 13-10 loss.

Had he hit that one, the Steelers would have made the playoffs. That's how close things are in the NFL.

It also shows just what the Steelers gave away with their 0-4 start. They can take another big step forward with another win this week over a struggling Baltimore team, but they're just battling to get their heads above water at this point.

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