4:15 PM ET, December 9, 2001
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The more they keep winning, the more the Pittsburgh Steelers keep hearing about the 1970s. Maybe it's because they haven't had a record this good since then.Or, it would seem, a defense this good.
I don't think so, because they run the ball so well and they've been playing better on defense.
They just need to make some plays in the passing game and score more points. The Jets are so conservative -- they're much like the Bears in that regard. New York needs to open up the offense some and get the ball to their speed guys, Laveranues Coles and Santana Moss. Vinny Testaverde has to get the ball down the field and into their hands.
The Jets have played too well on defense lately and they run the ball to well to go into an extended swoon.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Bettis missed only his fourth game in nine seasons. His injury prevented a matchup of the NFL's top two rushers. ... The Steelers have yielded only 16 touchdowns in 12 games. ... Jets WR Santana Moss sat out with a quadriceps injury. ... Ward didn't come out despite a quadriceps contusion. ... Because the Steelers recovered a squib kickoff, Brown had two field goal attempts in the final 35 seconds of the first half, making one and missing one.