Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 Bold predictions vs. Jets, Week 16

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1. It will be a close game

The Steelers and Jets are on different tiers of the NFL hierarchy, but that doesn’t matter at this point in the season. Just look at how Atlanta beat San Francisco at Levi’s Stadium last week. Standing doesn’t matter late in the season, especially when a potential spoiler team like the Jets are involved.

Pittsburgh’s offense usually holds them back, but Hodges will make an inspired return to the field. The defense should have another dominant performance. So, how will this game even be close? Well, the Steelers don’t know how to put up one-sided victories, or losses for that matter.

In Pittsburgh’s last five wins, the point differential is only 26. That means fewer than four scores separate the Steelers from five losses. On the flip side, Pittsburgh’s last five losses came by 30 points, fewer than five scores.

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While the Steelers have the raw talent to completely shut down the Jets and a young offensive core capable of surprising analysts and critics alike, something will keep the game close on Sunday. That’s just how it always goes. Is it comfortable for fans? Absolutely not, but there’s nothing that can be done to change the path of the game. All fans can hope for is that Pittsburgh comes out on top.