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Pittsburgh Steelers Retire Bumblebee Uniforms With A Victory – Week 5 Recap

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Sammie Coates turns on the jets against New York as Pittsburgh Steelers get conference win in final game with bumblebee uniforms.

Whether you love or hate the Pittsburgh Steelers bumblebee uniforms, you have to appreciate the ugliness that they display. If a team is going to dress like that, then they better win the game. Knowing that it was the final time they would be wearing the bumblebee uniforms, the Pittsburgh Steelers stung the New York Jets in a blowout victory 31-13.

The game didn’t start the way the Steelers would have liked, with the defense allowing the Jets to drive down for a field goal to get an early lead. But the Steelers would answer quickly with a score of their own. On the third play of the Steelers first offensive drive, Ben Roethlisberger would find a streaking Sammie Coates for a 72-yard touchdown. Among NFL receivers with at least 10 receptions, Coates leads the league with 22.2 yards per reception.

The Steelers offense would stall on the next two drives, giving the ball back to the Jets on a Jordan Berry punt and then a turnover on downs due to a questionable fake field goal call. With 2:06 left in the second quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall who hauled in an incredible catch over Ross Cockrell to give the Jets a 13-7 lead. But once again, the Steelers weren’t down for long. Just over a minute later, Ben Roethlisberger would find a wide open Jesse James for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Steelers a 14-13 lead at halftime.

The second half would be all Steelers. The defense would hold the Jets to 100 yards and no points in the second half. The secondary has been an issue with the Steelers over the last few years, but they have turned it around this year with play calling and player rotation. Ross Cockrell has found himself a spot on the opposite side of William Gay, playing man-to-man coverage on top tier receivers such as Desean Jackson, A.J. Green, and this week was Brandon Marshall. Mike Mitchell tends to be the guy in on every play, bringing the big hit ability that the Steelers‘ defense have been lacking since Ryan Clark retired.

The Steelers didn’t need anything from the offense in the second half, but they got help anyways. Chris Boswell would start the second half scoring off with a 47-yard field goal. Ben Roethlisberger continued his hot start to the season with two more touchdown passes to push his total on the season to 15 through 5 games. Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on the first play of the 4th quarter for a 5-yard touchdown. Then Roethlisberger put the nail in the coffin when he found Sammie Coates for one more touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.

With the 31-13 victory, the Pittsburgh Steelers increased their record to 4-1 giving them sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Florida to play the 1-4 Miami Dolphins, but they won’t be bringing the bumblebee uniforms with them. The Steelers open as huge favorites in this game, but they must not overlook a team that is hungry for a victory, especially in Miami where the Dolphins hold the all-time head-to-head matchup 7-6.

Key stats and notes from Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets

  • Sammie Coates and Antonio Brown are both in the top ten in receiving yards in the NFL
  • Ben Roethlisberger threw for his 47th career 300 yard passing game
  • Jordan Berry had all 3 punts land inside of the 15-yard line
  • Pittsburgh Steelers were 4-2 in the bumblebee uniforms
  • Brandon Marshall donated his game cleats to Deangelo Williams‘ cancer charity