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A bad omen

Put a check mark next to the Pittsburgh Steelers on your pick-'em card. The early returns don't look good for the New York Jets.

Which is to say, Rex Ryan suddenly has gone all Neville Chamberlain on us after two weeks of running his mouth.

This is not good. Running their mouths lended the Jets a certain swaggering aura they used to their advantage the last two weeks. Not running their mouths suggests a certain missing edge this week. And they're going to need that edge this weekend.

So: Put your coin on the black-and-gold. Unless, that is, Rex suddenly decides to make unflattering comparisons between Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw or something.

"What is it about the Steelers?" Rex will say. "Why do they always have the dumbest quarterbacks in football?"

Rex says that, the Jets are golden. Write it down.

Ben Smith's blog.