That painful loss to the Jets must quickly be forgotten by the Steelers. The NFL schedule has provided Pittsburgh with the perfect tonic: a home game against Carolina.
OPENING LINE _ Steelers by 5 1/2
Mark Sanchez beat the Pittsburgh Steelers with a sore shoulder.
Mark Sanchez stood up to the pressure created by the Steelers' defense and his team's two-game losing streak, scrambling for the Jets' first offensive touchdown in 12 quarters and leading a decisive field-goal drive as New York beat Pittsburgh 22-17 on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched playoff berths, and neither team even needed to win.
OK, so Troy Polamalu isn't perfect.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed practice for a third consecutive day because of a strained right Achilles' tendon and a sore calf and is likely to miss Sunday's game against the Jets.
So many contenders, so many holes.
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller has missed practice due to an exercise-related headache, putting his status for Sunday's game against the Jets (9-4) in question.