In re-watching Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the New York Jets, one thing stood out that was not present against the Denver Broncos a week earlier, physicality. Yes, the team had Ryan Clark’s physical presence back in the line-up, and that makes a tremendous difference, but the physicality was not limited to Clark.Lawrence Timmons that may have changed the complexion of the game. On the play, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was moving forward and at the last second released the pass before Timmons leveled him. Unfortunately, even though Timmons lowered his target area, he was flagged for roughing the passer for hitting Sanchez with his helmet.
While the hit (and penalty) was basically responsible for the Jets last points of the game, it may have also been responsible for the zero the Jets put up after. The Jets offense was rolling, with Sanchez going 4-of-5 for 80 yards and 1 touchdown prior to the infraction. Then imploding after, finishing the game 6-of-22 for 58 yards.
From that point on, there is no question that the hit left an impression on the defense, the fans, the Jets and now, the league office. Timmons was notified that he would be fined $21,000 for the hit on Sanchez, as the league continues to crackdown on player infractions involving player safety.
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