Steel­ers hand Jets 3rd straight de­feat

Roeth­lis­berger throws for four touch­downs as Pitts­burgh roll past Re­vis-less New York

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Graves

Gain­ing Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s trust can be a dif­fi­cult process for any new Pitts­burgh Steel­ers wide re­ceiver. Once it’s earned, how­ever, it’s un­shake­able.

Drops. Busted routes. Men­tal mis­cues. Roeth­lis­berger can live with the mis­takes as a re­ceiver finds his way, par­tic­u­larly when the highs like the ones Sam­mie Coates pro­vided in Pitts­burgh’s clin­i­cal 31-13 win over the New York Jets on Sun­day are so giddy.

Coates sand­wiched a pair of touch­down re­cep­tions around a very vis­i­ble case of nerves as the Steel­ers (4-1) pulled away from the Jets (1-4) in the sec­ond half. The sec­ond-year wide re­ceiver hauled in a 72yard catch-and-run for a score on Pitts­burgh’s first pos­ses­sion and cra­dled a 5-yard score late in the fourth quar­ter. In be­tween were a hand­ful of grabs of vary­ing dif­fi­culty Coates couldn’t quite cor­ral and a cut on his left hand that re­quired stitches.

Yet Roeth­lis­berger kept com­ing back to Coates again and again.

“He hurts as bad as any­body when he drops a ball,” Roeth­lis­berger said. “But I want him to know ... I’m go­ing to come back to you. I be­lieve in you. I be­lieve in ev­ery­body on this

team and he showed why I have that faith in him.” Coates fin­ished with six re­cep­tions for a ca­reer­high 139 yards and the two scores. He is av­er­ag­ing 23.2 yards per re­cep­tion this sea­son and is just the sec­ond player in team his­tory with a 40-yard re­cep­tion in five straight games while be­com­ing the deep threat the Steel­ers needed with Mar­tavis Bryant serv­ing a year­long sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s drug pol­icy. Not that Coates is ready to re­lax. As gaudy as his num­bers were, he knows they could have been even bet­ter. “I still left a lot on the field,” he said. “I’ll

worry about what I left on the field and work on that grow from that, not what I’ve done be­cause that’s part of my game, that’s what I’m sup­posed to do.”

Ben Roeth­lis­berger fin­ished with 380 yards pass­ing and four touch­downs against a New York de­fense miss­ing star cor­ner­back Dar­relle Re­vis . Run­ning back Le’Veon Bell added 158 yards of to­tal of­fense, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high nine re­cep­tions. Roeth­lis­berger’s 15 touch­downs through Pitts­burgh’s first five games are a club record. He did it on Sun­day be­hind an of­fen­sive line that didn’t miss a step with right tackle Mar­cus Gil­bert side­lined. Roeth­lis­berger was sacked just once and rarely pres­sured while drop­ping back 48 times.


Jets run­ning back Bi­lal Pow­ell breaks a tackle by Steel­ers line­backer An­thony Chickillo dur­ing New York loss to Pitts­burgh.


Steel­ers wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown makes a cut in front of Jets cor­ner­back Mar­cus Wil­liams dur­ing Pitts­burgh’s 31-13 vic­tory on Sun­day.

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