Jaguars improve to 3-2 with 30-9 win over Pittsburgh

Kristopher Drake
October 9, 2017

Roethlisberger completed 33 passes for 312 yards in Sunday's loss and his five interceptions were the most in a single game since he threw four in a Steelers 21-14 2008 home loss to the New York Giants. He was sacked two times as well.

Nortman once again pinned the Pittsburgh offense deep in its own territory.

With his first game of multiple pick-sixes since 2006 against the Oakland Raiders, Roethlisberger hasn't quite looked like himself since early 2016.

-Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Jaguars CBs Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Boone.

Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick, scored a touchdown in each game this season but is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.

The Steelers finally gave their bellcow back, Le'Veon Bell, a workload commensurate with his ability in last week's 26-9 rout of the Baltimore Ravens - and Bell broke out in a big way, racking up 186 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. It's a flawless scenario for the Steelers to use all their running backs to wear down the Jaguars defense. Unfortunately, with the game on the line, they couldn't hold the Jets out of field goal range. The Steelers moved 45 yards on six plays, including a 25-yard catch by receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 23-yard catch and run by Brown (Ramsey missed tackle). The Jaguars led the Steelers, 7-6, at halftime.

When you talk about the Steelers, many will mention them as contenders. Following a successful extra point, the Jaguars led 20-9 with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter. McGuire made one cut on a run to the left and ran right by Jaguars safety Barry Church. On one, Fowler ran down Jets RB Bilal Powell from behind and prevented him from gaining a first down late in the game.

If the constant 300-yard games are in the past - and Roethlisberger's 312 yards Sunday marked his first 300-yarder in his last in 11 regular season tries, amusing enough - then winning with ball control and defense is the recipe. Fournette's 90 yard touchdown run to cap off the game summarized things perfectly. The two plays were the catalysts for the win.

The Jacksonville defense has forced 15 turnovers so far this year, which leads the league and is tied for the fifth most through the first five games of the season since 2000.

The Jaguars were without center Brandon Linder (illness), wide receiver Jaelen Strong (hamstring) and defensive end Lerentee McCray (knee) entering the game due to injuries.

Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Jaguars punctuates a five-game sample from which troubling trends are emerging about this once-high-powered attack.

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