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October 14, 2013

5 things to know from Steelers' 19-6 win vs. Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —

Here are five things to know from the Steelers' victory over the Jets:

SHARPER STEELERS: Pittsburgh was coming off a bye after last playing two weeks ago in London, a 34-27 loss to Minnesota at Wembley Stadium. The Steelers appeared rested and a bit more in sync than the Jets, who had a short week to prepare after playing last Monday night.

Some fans and media had begun to start writing off this season, but now the Steelers don't need to talk about a winless start anymore.

"We have the mindset that we can climb out of this hole together," Keisel said. "This was a step in the right direction."

UP-AND-DOWN GENO: Smith has been consistently inconsistent through his first six NFL starts.

There were a couple of solid drives Sunday, including one before halftime that led to a field goal. But Smith also was intercepted twice, putting his season totals at seven TDs and 10 INTs.

"I came into this week with the same exact mindset: Take care of the ball," he said. "It's just unfortunate that on two occasions, I didn't get that job done."

TURNOVERS, FINALLY: The Steelers played more like the bunch that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has come to expect.

They were able to force the Jets into a few mistakes that killed drives while New York was trying to get back into the game. Smith threw into triple-coverage in the red zone in the third quarter — he later said he was trying to throw it away — but Clark read it and picked off the pass. That ended a drought of 18-plus quarters to start the season without a takeaway.

"I don't know if I'm more excited for getting an interception because it helped us win the game, or so you guys can stop asking about it," Clark said.

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