Steelers overwhelmingly favored by NFL experts vs. Jets
Pittsburgh is desperately seeking a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Here’s why a large majority of experts are taking Steelers over the Jets.
It wasn’t encouraging to see the Steelers put up just 10 points during a primetime game last week against the Bills. However, there is plenty of reason to believe that Pittsburgh will be able to shake off their terrible offensive performance and earn their ninth win of the season this weekend against the Jets in New York.
The Steelers haven’t lost at least two consecutive games since falling to the Patriots, Seahawks, and 49ers to begin the 2019 season. Mike Tomlin is a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate this season, and it’s hard to believe he will let his team fall short in a crucial moment like this.
For these reasons and more, most NFL experts are siding with Pittsburgh this week. According to NFL Pick Watch, 83 percent of NFL analysts, writers, and radio personalities are taking the Steelers to come away with a victory on the road over the Jets.
While 17 percent still think the Jets will emerge victorious, this is the overwhelming majority fans were hoping to see. New York has officially been eliminated from playoff contention, and their players are left without much incentive to win this weekend.
On the contrary, the Steelers are fighting for their playoff dreams, and the next step to continue towards this journey is taking down the New York Jets. Devlin Hodges was awful for the Steelers last week against the Bills, but Tomlin has elected to roll the dice with him again this week to see how he responds.
Tomlin awarded Mason Rudolph the same opportunity earlier this season. After failing miserably against the Browns in a 4-interception game that ended with Myles Garrett bashing Rudolph over the head with his own helmet, Rudolph was given the start the following week against the Bengals only to be pulled halfway through the game.
Much of the Steelers success in this game will be determined by if and how they are able to bounce back on offense and put up a solid showing. As always, fans should rest assured that their defense will take care of things on their end. They are allowing just 15.8 points per contest since Week 4 this season.
The Steelers may be just 3-point favorites this weekend, but that didn’t stop dozens of NFL experts from taking them in their predictions this week. Nothing is guaranteed at this point, but having the experts in Pittsburgh’s favor has to count for something.