The New York Jets visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 of the NFL season during the early slate on Sunday. Both teams are coming off Week 2 losses, with the Jets losing to the Bengals in a blowout, and the Steelers losing a close game to the Browns. Check out the odds, injuries, and depth charts for the game as well as our picks and predictions too!
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-point home favorites against the New York Jets. The over/under is set 41.5 too. Pittsburgh should be the favorite here, and the main reason why is because they are at home. The Steelers have not been great on offense, but their defense is also why they are favored here too. The Jets have been inconsistent at best and needed a miracle to win their lone win of the year so far, against Cleveland. They do get Zach Wilson back at quarterback, so it’ll be interesting to see if that helps them at all on offense. The total makes sense because of how underwhelming the Steelers have been, but a wild card for the total is Zach Wilson. He could jumpstart the Jets offense, so that’s something to keep an eye on.
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction
This game has the feeling that it is going to be a very sloppy game. The Steelers have not been able to figure out their offense up to this point in the season. A lot of that has to do with Mitch Trubisky still being the quarterback for the Steelers, so there’s a chance that Kenny Pickett sees time in this game. Regardless of whether Pickett sees time in this game or another game sometime soon, the Steelers should cover here. The Jets needed a miracle to beat the Browns for their lone win this season, while in their other two games they have not looked good at all. It is worth noting that Zach Wilson will be starting at quarterback for the Jets instead of Joe Flacco. He’s a potential difference maker for the Jets, and someone who could jumpstart the Jets’ offense. The difference in this game will be the Steelers defense. If they can step up against Zach Wilson, then this game could get out of hand, just based on the amount of talent they have there. Take the Steelers to cover here, it’s a bad situation for Zach Wilson to come back into.
Prediction: Pittsburgh covers -3
Jets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 4.
Steelers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Over is 5-2 in Jets last 7 road games.
Under is 5-0 in Steelers last 5 home games.
New York Jets Injuries: QB Zach Wilson (Knee) P, LB Quincy Williams (Ankle) Q, OT Mekhi Becton (Kneecap) O
Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries: S Minkah Fitzpatrick (Concussion) P, LB T.J. Watt (Pectoral) O, RB Jeremy McNichols (Shoulder) O
Check out the key matchups and mismatches for the New York Jets vs Pittsburgh Steelers below.
Najee Harris vs the New York Jets Front Seven
Najee Harris is the key for the Steelers offense. Since they still have Mitch Trubisky, they can’t rely on their quarterback to make plays all the time. With Harris, he can open up the passing game and make it easier for Trubisky. So far, Harris has 40 carries, 128 yards rushing, and one touchdown. This is a chance for him to really breakout because the Jets have been allowing 105 yards on the ground through three weeks. This matchup is critical in deciding who wins this game.
Zach Wilson vs Steelers Secondary
Assuming he plays, and everyone says he should, Wilson can be a big difference for the Jets. He was not amazing by any stretch last year, but he was a rookie and he has a chance to keep improving and making that necessary jump. The Steelers defense has been a difference maker so far, and the matchup with Wilson is a mystery just because he hasn’t played yet. The Steelers passing defense has only been allowing 190 yards a game, and could pick Wilson apart. Wilson needs to play well in order for Jets to have a chance here.