The New York Jets started the season in impressive fashion blowing out the Buffalo Bills at home and at the same time silencing critics for at least another week, but that may change as they face a Pittsburgh Steelers team looking to bounce back from a week one loss.
The Jets had received a fair amount of criticism for their preseason performance in which they failed to enter the red zone until the fourth and final preseason game. That all changed when the Jets' offense, led by quarterback Mark Sanchez, was unleashed torching the bills secondary for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
"I know we're a special group," Sanchez told ESPN.com. "I've known that from the jump, but I think we're starting to realize it."
Sanchez only made one mistake to start last week's game but responded by being efficient with his passing, completing 19 of 27 passes for 266 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Jets rookie Stephen Hill also had an impressive game with five receptions for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Jets head to Pittsburgh to face a strong Steelers team looking for their first win.
"This is as tough a place as we've talked about playing," Ryan told reporters during a press conference.
"It's based on the fact that they have an excellent football team…they don't make mistakes. They don't beat themselves. They're smart. They're extremely physical," Ryan added.
The type of defense the Steelers like to play could lead to more playing time for Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow whose five carries for 11 yards in nine total offensive plays in the wildcat may fare better against the Steelers defense.
In last year's wild-card game against the Denver Broncos and the Steelers, Tim Tebow, from the wildcat, threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play in overtime putting the Broncos through to the next round.
Tebow ended the game completing 10 of 21 passes for 316 yards with two touchdowns and he also ran for 50 yards on 10 attempts.
Coverage for the game begins at 4:00 p.m. and can be watched on FOX or online here.