Steelers matchup: Wide receivers vs. Jets’ cornerbacks
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012
STEELERS WRs vs. JETS CBs
Matchup: With Darrelle Revis ruled out, the Jets no longer enjoy their usual depth at cornerback. They still have Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, but not many teams have three top-notch receivers like the Steelers do in Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. The Jets find themselves in a tough position and likely will have to play a lot more zone than their typical man-to-man coverage to compensate.
Steelers WRs: Wallace, Brown and Sanders played 52 of the Steelers' 71 snaps a week ago in Denver. They were targeted 22 times by Ben Roethlisberger, catching 12 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers will try to expose the Jets' man-to-man defense by taking shots down the field in certain scenarios, especially to Wallace.Jets CBs: With Revis out, it changes everything. Wilson moves to starter, and the Jets will have to adjust around him. The Jets usually could afford to play strictly man because of the three former No. 1 picks in Revis, Cromartie and Wilson, but that likely will change now. All three intercepted Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last week.
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