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Steelers roll over Jets 31-13

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Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns and the surging Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away in the second half for a 31-13 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

After the Steelers’ 31-13 win over the visiting New York Jets on Sunday, Pittsburgh is now 8-0 in week 5 under head coach Mike Tomlin, the best in the NFL. After the game, Tomlin credited the players that filled in for several injured players throughout the Steelers' roster.

"It was a total team effort." Tomlin said. "We're going to face adversity like this. It was going to be one of those weeks that defined us."

The game could not have started out any better for the Steelers offense. After the Jets took a 3-0 lead on the opening drive of the game, Ben Roethlisberger hit Sammie Coates on a 72-yard long bomb touchdown on the Steelers’ third play from scrimmage.

Roethlisberger hit Coates in stride after he raced past the defender down the right sideline.

“They gave us a coverage where they were rolling over the top of [Antonio Brown] like they always do and Sammie [Coates] had a full head of steam and I threw it out there,” Roethlisberger said. “I said ‘chuck it’ and he ran under it and made a great play.”

The score gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead less than five minutes into the game.

“We wanted to start the game off right,” Coates said. “Ben trusted me on that play and threw me the ball. I just came down with it and raced into the endzone.”

Coates caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also dropped five passes so he realizes he needs to continue to work on his game.

“I left a lot of catches on the field. I don’t focus on the passes I caught. I’m supposed to do that,” Coates said. “It was a roller coaster day. It was one of those days.”

Roethlisberger completed 34 passes on 47 attempts for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He thought the touchdown on the Steelers' first series set a positive tone for the game.

"It gets you going. It gets our defense going, but you have to follow it up," Roethlisberger said. "We were all in rhythm. When we’re all clicking, it’s a fun feeling for everybody."

Late in the second quarter, the Steelers lined up for a field goal from the Jets 26 yard line but tried a fake instead which was a disaster from the start. They couldn’t even line up right and called for illegal procedure but the fake was stuffed as the holder tried to run around the right side but had a defender waiting for him.

The Jets took over and mounted a 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 13-7 lead but it would be short-lived. The Steelers scored a touchdown on a Roethlisberger to Jesse James one yard touchdown to retake the lead 14-13 with 41 seconds left in the first half. When James catches a pass, the Heinz Field crowd cheers, "Heath" to recognize former Steeler tight end Heath Miller.

"Heath is the best tight end in the history of the Steelers," James said. "That's a great tradition and it's great to keep it going."

Chris Boswell booted a 47-yard field goal to extend the Steelers' lead to 17-13. It was the only score by either team in the third quarter.

Roethlisberger threw his third touchdown pass of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter when he hit Antonio Brown on a 5 yard touchdown pass. However, the Jets were still only behind by 11 points (2 possessions) when they strip-sacked Roethlisberger and recovered the fumble at their 22 yard line with over nine minutes left in the game.
The Jets drove to their 46 yard line but the Steeler defense stiffened and forced the Jets to punt with 7:29 left in the game. Vince Williams felt the offense and defense complimented each other in the win.

"We're a team. When one side of the ball has some problems, the other side wants to step up,"  Williams said. "That's what we want to do. We play together."

Jarvis Jones also felt it was important for the defense to help the offense.

"We gotta help each other out, whether it's defense, offense, or special teams," Jones said. "We have a lot of pride in our defense. We pride ourselves in holding the other team from scoring."

Roethlisberger led a 12-play, 79 yard touchdown drive that took almost six minutes off the clock. It was capped by a Roethlisberger to Coates for a five-yard touchdown. It was Coates' second touchdown of the game.

"We got the ball back with seven minutes and I told the guys, ‘this is our game to milk. Let’s go down the field, use up clock, then score on top of it,’ " Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers travel to Miami next week.

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