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    NFL Preview - Pittsburgh (0-4) at N.Y. Jets (3-2)



    By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Contributing NFL Editor

    (SportsNetwork.com) - Will the real Geno Smith please stand up.

    The New York Jets' second-round draft pick had ably continued the franchise's long history of maddening quarterbacking through his first four games as a pro, mixing in moments of brilliance with others of sheer incompetence while the team navigated its way to a 2-2 start.

    But he looked every bit the part of an NFL star on Monday night, when he engineered a successful 2-minute drill on hostile Atlanta turf en route to a 30-28 defeat of the Falcons.

    This week, the Jets return home to face the winless Pittsburgh Steelers and Smith, if he's up to it, can make it two in a row.

    He completed 16-of-20 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and, most importantly, didn't turn the ball over against the Falcons after having done exactly that a league-leading 11 times through four games. The final drive in Atlanta including four consecutive pass completions followed by an eight-yard run that set up Nick Folk for the decisive field goal.

    He was sacked four times, but never appeared rattled.

    "It was a tremendous game for him, without question," New York coach Rex Ryan said.

    That said, the Jets have yet to win two in a row this season. They followed an opening win against Tampa Bay with a Week 2 loss at New England, in which Smith threw three fourth-quarter interceptions.

    Then, after smothering Buffalo in Week 3, New York was routed, 37-13, at Tennessee.

    Smith has connected on 64.4 percent of his passes for six TDs and three interceptions in the victories, but he's only hit 55.1 percent -- with a single touchdown and five INTs -- in the losses. Both wins were at home, both losses on the road.

    Smith is the undisputed No. 1 QB on the team after previous starter Mark Sanchez elected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after he was hurt in the preseason after having competed well for the job.

    "I got a memo from the league, and they said we can win two games in a row," Ryan said. "That's going to be what I talk to our team about."

    The Steelers, meanwhile, are in the midst of their worst start in 45 years.

    They opened 0-6 in 1968 and have yet to force an opposition turnover this season, though their defense is 10th in the league with 321.8 yards allowed per game. The four sacks they've mustered are last in the league and their minus-11 turnover ratio is second-worst behind the also-winless New York Giants.

    Coach Mike Tomlin has made personnel changes this week, electing to start Cameron Heyward at defensive end and Vince Williams at inside linebacker.

    "I like the attitude, demeanor and approach to work," Tomlin said. "That's just part of the equation. Putting it together and producing victory is the most significant part."

    On offense, running back Le'Veon Bell will play for the second time since a preseason foot injury. He scored twice and ran for 57 yards against Minnesota in a 34-27 loss in London.

    Up front, the line is jumbled. Tomlin will rotate Kelvin Beachum and Levi Brown at left tackle in place of Mike Adams, while guard Ramon Foster is questionable with a chest injury. If Foster is unavailable, Brown would start at tackle and Beachum at guard.

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times by the Vikings, one-third of his 15 for the season.

    That total is fourth in the league, though the Steelers have played just four games compared to five for all but three other teams. The veteran passer has three touchdowns and 789 yards passing in his last two games, but has also turned the ball over six times in that stretch.

    Roethlisberger connected in 24-of-31 passes in a 27-10 defeat of Jets last season and was 10-of-19 for 133 yards while winning, 24-19, in the AFC Championship Game after the 2010 season.

    New York's defense is second in the league at 299 yards allowed per game, though it will be without outside linebacker Antwan Barnes after he sustained a season-ending knee injury at Atlanta.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR

    With the Steelers' backfield in disarray, much of Roethlisberger's offensive might has come via connections with wide receiver Antonio Brown, who's compiled 412 yards and two scores in four games.

    Brown also leads the league with 139 yards after the catch. He'll be paired up Sunday with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

    On offense, the Jets have been intermittently productive and intermittently flaccid in five games.

    Maintaining the momentum they re-started in Atlanta will involving keeping Smith out of trouble, which places a burden on left guard Brian Winters. The rookie replaced 2010 draft pick Vlad Ducasse last week, thanks to the Ducasse's erratic play. Winters will no doubt see a lot of Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who has three sacks in four games.

    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    OK, breathe deeply and repeat this phrase: The Jets are the better team, they're the favorite and they should win this game. Then let the breath out and realize, OK, it's the Jets, nothing is that easy.

    Instead, expect the Steelers to circle the wagons and make it competitive throughout. In the end, we'll give the benefit of the doubt to Smith and anticipate that he's ready for two straight high-end performances.

    Sports Network predicted outcome: Jets 24, Steelers 20

    10/10 11:23:35 ET

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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