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W2W4: New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On Sunday, rock meets bottom.

This has all the makings of a seminal moment in New York Jets history, one of those perfect-storm days in which the atmosphere at MetLife Stadium matches the product on the field -- embarrassing.

The Jets (1-8) have dropped eight in a row, one loss shy of the franchise record for most consecutive losses in a season, and they face the hottest quarterback in the league, Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a large and loyal following, so expect to see a lot of black and gold and a slew of Terrible Towels in the crowd -- a sight that won't sit well with owner Woody Johnson.

"They're going to try to 'black' out the stadium," said former Steelers guard Willie Colon, who knows the habits of Steeler Nation.

Roethlisberger said he expects a "hostile environment," but he didn't specifiy whether he expects the hostility to be directed at his team or the Jets.

Kickoff is 1 p.m. The top storylines:

1. Lowpoint of the Johnson era: The Jets also started 1-8 in 2007, but Johnson didn't blow up the organization because he still had faith in his young coach-general manager tandem, Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum. Johnson attacked the problem with an exorbitant free-agent spending/trading spree in '08 that brought the team back to respectability. This time, he will ignore the body and go for the heads, Rex Ryan and John Idzik. Ryan is a virtual goner; Idzik's job security is fading by the week. If the Jets show no improvement over the final seven games, he, too, will get a pink slip. By the way, the only team in Jets history that was 1-9 was the '96 crew, coached by Rich Kotite. Move over, Richie the K, you're going to have company.

2. Air attack: Keep an eye on the sky. You never know what kind of message will fly over the stadium.

3. Green with envy: The Steelers have what the Jets want -- a franchise quarterback. Roethlisberger has been magnificent throughout his career, but especially the past two weeks. He became the first player in NFL history with six touchdown passes in back-to-back games. He needs four scoring throws to break the three-game record (15) set by Peyton Manning in 2004. Considering the Jets' woes at cornerback, he could get four by halftime. They've gone 220 plays without an interception, and Roethlisberger hasn't thrown a pick in 137 consecutive attempts. You don't have to be a math whiz to figure out it looks bleak for the Jets.

4. What Brown can do to the Jets: Idzik's greatest failure has been mismanaging the cornerback position, and that shortcoming will be painfully glaring against the most prolific wide receiver in the league, Antonio Brown. He has 11 straight games with at least 80 receiving yards, the longest streak in NFL history. The Jets’ starting cornerbacks will be an undrafted rookie (Marcus Williams) and a veteran journeyman (Phillip Adams). Or is it Marcus Adams and Phillip Williams? Does it really matter? Ryan is a clever defensive coach, but there isn’t a coach in history who could defend with these corners. He could use a little help from his vaunted front seven, which has gone cold.

5. Another hollow prediction? Ryan promised a strong finish for the offense, saying he expects it to be "pretty darn good" over the final seven games. The Jets, ranked 25th in total offense, at least showed a pulse last week. Michael Vick gave a credible, if not winning performance. They had three pass plays over 20 yards, their most since Week 4. With Percy Harvin and a healthy Eric Decker, the skill-position talent isn't bad. You'd like to see them get rookie Jace Amaro more involved because he's the future at tight end. The Steelers don't have any young studs on defense, but they're well-coached and they're excellent on third down. Vick was blitzed on half his dropbacks the last time he faced the Steelers, 2012.

6. Comedy central: Last week it was the Butt Touchdown. Anybody want to predict this week's slapstick moment?