Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 game, with the line from OddsShark.
New York Jets (1-3) at (-7) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1), 1 p.m.
Mike: Steelers. The Jets’ pass rush was supposed to hide any deficiencies they had in the secondary. Well, the Jets can’t get to the quarterback, and the secondary has been exposed. Give Ben Roethlisberger time in the pocket, and he’ll pick you apart — as the Justin Houston-less Chiefs can attest.
Ricky: Steelers. With Ryan Fitzpatrick slinging picks all over the place, conventional wisdom says the Jets should rely on their ground game for the time being. Only problem is, the way to beat the Steelers is through the air, as Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL with just 78.3 rushing yards allowed per game.
Andre: Steelers. How do you beat Big Ben? You hit him in the mouth. The Jets don’t hit many quarterbacks in the mouth (10 hurries — 30th). They’ve also allowed more explosive plays than any other team (25). Not great news when you’re going up against Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Co.
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