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MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Weather: 62°, Cloudy Attendance: 76,957
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets
- Two weeks ago in London, the Steelers fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1968, dropping a 34-27 decision to the Minnesota Vikings; for the fourth straight game, Pittsburgh recorded no takeaways. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times and turned the ball over twice, helping offset a 383-yard passing performance. Le'Veon Bell made his Steelers debut and rushed for a pair of touchdowns, the team's first two rushing TD this season. Pittsburgh cut a 17-point deficit to 34-27 and reached the Vikings' six-yard line in the final minute, but a Roethlisberger lost fumble sealed the Steelers' fate.
- In a game featuring four lead changes, the Jets won a Monday night thriller in Atlanta last week, 30-28. After a pair of Falcon fourth-quarter touchdowns erased a 27-14 Jets lead, Nick Folk's 43-yard field goal with no time remaining -- his third of the game -- capped a 55-yard drive and gave NYJ the win. The Jets played their first turnover-free game of 2013, and Geno Smith hit 16 of 20 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. Smith completed all four pass attempts on the decisive drive, and also ran for a first down.
- Including postseason, the Steelers and Jets are meeting for the 10th time since 2000; this will be the teams' first meeting ever at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers went 9-1 in their first 10 all-time road games against the Jets, before the Jets earned home wins against Pittsburgh in 2003 (6-0) and 2007 (19-16 in overtime).
- Ben Roethlisberger's 789 total passing yards in Weeks 3 and 4 are the most ever by a Steeler in a two-game stretch. After posting a 74.8 passer rating in the season's first two games, Roethlisberger had a 91.3 in the subsequent two games. Of his 1231 passing yards this season, 1096 of them have come with Pittsburgh trailing on the scoreboard.
- Geno Smith has yet to win consecutive games as a starter; in his two starts when coming off a win, Smith has an 0-2 record with one TD pass, five interceptions and a 53.0 rating. Smith's 147.7 passer rating on Monday night is the highest by any player in a game in 2013 (minimum 20 attempts).
- The Steelers (minus-11) and Jets (minus-9) rank 31st and 30th in turnover differential, respectively. Pittsburgh has no takeaways in four games for the season, while the Jets have one in their last four contests.
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By TAYLOR BECHTOLD
(AP) -- Coming off what could be a defining effort in his young career, the New York Jets' Geno Smith hopes to take the next step in his development by putting up consecutive strong performances.
Facing a defense that hasn't had a takeaway, Smith might be up to the task against the winless Pittsburgh Steelers, but he won't have his top pass-catcher available after the suspension of tight end Kellen Winslow.
The Jets look to continue their surprising start and remain undefeated at home Sunday when they try to extend Pittsburgh's worst start in 45 years.
Smith helped New York (3-2) notch its best start since 2010 on Monday night, completing 16 of 20 passes for 199 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in a dramatic 30-28 victory in Atlanta. After the Falcons went ahead with 1:54 to play, Smith connected on four straight passes and added an 8-yard run to set up Nick Folk's game-winning field goal on the final play.
The rookie was tied for the NFL lead with 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions, but didn't have one Monday and completed a season-best 80.0 percent of his passes despite being sacked four times.
"It was a tremendous game for him without question," coach Rex Ryan said.
Winslow's only reception was a 1-yard TD catch, and he leads the Jets with 17 receptions. He was suspended for four games Friday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Smith and the Jets have followed each of their previous two wins with a loss. He's completed 64.4 percent of his attempts with six touchdowns and three interceptions in three victories, compared to 55.1 percent with one score and five picks in two losses. However, both defeats came on the road, and New York has gone 2-0 at home.
With former starter Mark Sanchez out of the picture following season-ending shoulder surgery, Smith appears to be the future of a franchise that has posted back-to-back wins only once in its last 24 games.
"I got a memo from the league, and they said we can win two games in a row," Ryan joked. "I think that's going to be what I talk to our team about."
The Steelers (0-4) are just looking for one win following their bye week, off to their worst start since opening 0-6 in 1968. They'll have a different look defensively, with defensive end Cameron Heyward starting while rookie Vince Williams lines up alongside Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.
Despite being 10th in total defense with 321.8 yards allowed per game, Pittsburgh is the only team in the league yet to create a turnover. The Steelers' minus-11 turnover differential is second-worst only to the New York Giants and their four sacks are the NFL's fewest.
"I like the attitude, demeanor and approach to work that the guys have taken," coach Mike Tomlin said. "That's just part of the equation. Obviously, putting it together and producing victory is the most significant part of the equation."
After missing the first three games with a foot injury, rookie Le'Veon Bell hopes to keep giving Pittsburgh's sluggish running game a lift. He finished with 57 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in his debut, a 34-27 loss to Minnesota in London on Sept. 29, and his workload figures to increase against the Jets.
Bell is likely to have at least one and perhaps two new faces in front of him.
With struggling Mike Adams heading to the bench, Kelvin Beachum and newly acquired Levi Brown are expected to see action at left tackle. Guard Ramon Foster remains bothered by a strained pectoral muscle and his status is uncertain. If Foster can't go, Brown will likely start at left tackle, with the versatile Beachum replacing Foster.
They'll try to provide better protection for Ben Roethlisberger, who was sacked five times by the Vikings and has been dropped 15 times on the season. That's tied for fourth-most in the NFL despite Pittsburgh having played one fewer game than most teams.
Roethlisberger has thrown for 789 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games but has six turnovers in that span.
He connected on 24 of 31 attempts for 275 yards and two scores without an interception in a 27-10 victory over the Jets on Sept. 16, 2012, in the teams' last matchup.
He'll face a New York defense ranked second in the league, allowing 299.0 yards per game. The Jets, though, suffered a big loss Monday when outside linebacker Antwan Barnes went down with a season-ending knee injury.
New York could also be without cornerback Antonio Cromartie due to a knee injury.
This is New York's first home meeting with the Steelers since a 19-16 victory in 2007.
Updated October 11, 2013