Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

The Jaguars dared the Steelers to run, but against such a porous rush defense, the Steelers needed to find a way to get it done - no matter how many men the Jaguars put at the line of scrimmage.

Again a dominating defensive performance by the Jaguars, not the result of lucky bounces. Eli Rogers, who emerged as a solid No. 3 slot receiver last season, fumbled in Week 3 on special teams and has been in coach Mike Tomlin's doghouse since, pressing rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster into those duties.

Roethlisberger finished with a passer rating of 37.8, his worst at Heinz Field since a 30.7 rating against Cincinnati early in the 2006 season. He hasn't thrown for 300 yards in a game yet in 2017, and the team has not scored 30 points in a game.

It was the first five-interception game of Roethlisberger's 14-year career.

That said, a loss by Houston against the Chiefs will place the Jaguars in sole possession of the division for the first time in a while. And the Colts, one week after getting blown off the field in Seattle in the third quarter, visit the Titans next Monday night with a chance to get back to.500 in the winnable AFC South. The game was so bad that after the game the former two time SuperBowl victor stated: "Maybe I don't have it anymore".

The easiest way to beat the Jaguars is by forcing quarterback Blake Bortles to beat you.

Was it 2007? The victory over these same Steelers in this same venue in the Jaguars' last postseason game? They lost all three games. Their five interceptions on the day, two sacks and two touchdowns on defense prove that this defense group is capable of making up for what it lacks in offense. I've had bad games before. Had good ones, too. With none of the teams in the division on a winning record after the opening month of the season, everything is still to play for, and we're waiting for one of the teams to impose themselves and take advantage of the situation as their rivals lack consistency. With five interceptions against one of the top offenses in the league, and putting up a roadblock across the end zone, the Jaguars held Pittsburgh's "Killer B's" to just three field goals. "We just need to focus on our responsibilities and make sure we handle it". However, they haven't consistently lived the part in this season.

The Steelers bounced back from a horrid loss to the Chicago Bears for a dominating 26-9 win over the hated Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.

The Jaguars closed the door with a 90-yard touchdown run by Fournette in the final minues of the game, giving him 181 yards on the day. The team on Saturday listed Bryant as questionable for the home game. According to La Canfora, Brown "has felt strongly the urge to kneel in protest during the anthem", and when he was not targeted on the Week 4 play, the receiver "took it personally and believed it was related to his recent dispute with Roethlisberger".

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