Four Downs: The Jets Game

It wasn't pretty, but the Jets snapped their two game losing streak on Sunday with a road win in Pittsburgh.

1: They Don't Have The Corner On The Cornerback Market: Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie receive the attention when the discussion is raised about the Jets secondary. But neither made the pass deflection on the game-ending play Sunday. Second-year cornerback Marquice Cole did. The Northwestern product knocked away the Ben Roethlisberger attempt to Matt Spaeth. And it was another cornerback, Drew Coleman, who led the team in tackles and with two sacks.

2: Local Boy Dun Good: The game-deciding score came from the arms…of Jason Taylor? Yup. Taylor shot through the line and wrapped Mewelde Moore in the end zone before flinging the Steelers running back to the ground for a safety. The two points increased the Jets' lead to 22-17. Taylor grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and played his college ball at Akron, within a drive from his western Pennsylvania home. Zips in da house...His safety changed the game for the Jets, meaning that the Steelers didn't need just a field goal to tie but had to get a touchdown to win.

3: Answer This: What is the best way to respond to two weeks of criticism? Well, if you're Brad Smith, you return a Shaun Suisham game-opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. After the game, head coach Rex Ryan said that he hopes Brad Smith makes his first Pro Bowl appearance. It was clear that the opening game touchdown lifted the Jets to their first ever win in Pittsburgh.

4: Clean Sanchez: Mark Sanchez received the brunt of the criticism of the offensive unit. That's what happens when you're a starting quarterback in New York City , a fifth overall pick, and had only totaled nine points in eight quarters. The Jets were not an offensive juggernaut Sunday but Sanchez managed the game (19-of-29 for 170 yards) smartly and rushed for a seven yard touchdown. Just as important as those efficient numbers was the fact that the offense did not turn the ball over.

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