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Jets bounce back at Pittsburgh

After spending all week defending his crew, Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff’s unit stepped up in yesterday’s 22-17 win in Pittsburgh.

Jets 22, Steelers 17

What went right ...

1
Something special
— After spending all week defending his crew, Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff’s unit stepped up in yesterday’s 22-17 win in Pittsburgh. Brad Smith’s 97-yard kick return opened the game and Nick Folk converted both field goals. “If Brad Smith doesn’t make the Pro Bowl something’s wrong,” said Rex Ryan.

2 Trickeration — Trailing 17-10 in the third at the Pittsburgh 7-yard line, the Jets I-formation signaled run up the gut on fourth-and-1. Instead, Mark Sanchez sold the handoff and ran a naked bootleg for the tying score.

3 Safety dance — Jason Taylor busted up the gut and wrapped up Mewelde Moore for a safety with 2:38 left in the game. “Kind of made an educated guess and it worked out,” Taylor said.

What went wrong ...

1 Methodical Steelers — It took a full quarter for the Steelers to click offensively, but then they put together three straight scoring drives. Ben Roethlisberger led a 16-play, 96-yard drive to tie the game midway through the second quarter.

2 Too conservative — The Jets had decent field position late in the first half, but rather than take some strikes down the field to set up a field goal, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer continued the head scratchers with underneath passes and delayed timeout calls.

3 Leaving the door open — After Taylor’s late-game safety, the Jets took over on their own 33-yard line. They just needed a first down to ice the game, but Mark Sanchez misfired on a third-and 3 with 2:15 left.

 
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