Steelers vs Jaguars: This week the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to extend their winning streak to six games with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.The Jaguars and Steelers have a history with one another which dates back to the days of the AFC Central division. Get a summary of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars football game.
The 6-2-1 Steelers, on a five-game streak, venture to the dangerous confines of Everbank Field to take on a dangerous and underachieving team from the AFC South. Will they conquer the demons that first appeared last October and extended to January? Will Steeler fans outnumber Jags fans? Will Ben surface into a pick-6 machine against the NFL’s top-ranked defense? Will a missed Boswell XP kill the Steelers?This week the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to extend their winning streak to six games with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite their records, this game promises to be much closer than you might think. If the Steelers want to win this one, here’s what they must do.
Start fast-Getting out ahead of the Jaguars will be key. As long as the Jaguars can keep it close, they can utilize the run game to keep the Pittsburgh offense off the field. But if the Steelers can come out of the gate quickly on offense it puts Jacksonville in a position to have to throw the football and this is a significant edge for Pittsburgh.
Slow down the Jags pass rush-Despite their problems on offense, the Jacksonville defense can still play. Jacksonville’s defensive front harassed Ben Roethlisberger last season and it will be up to the Pittsburgh offensive line to keep them at bay. This unit has been stellar over the past five weeks but this will be their toughest challenge.
Keep emotions in check-The Jaguars are brash and loud and even when they are bad they will do their best to get under the skin of the Steelers. Over the course of the last five games, the Steelers have done a great job not getting caught up in this aspect of games. Things can fall apart when emotions like that take over.The Jacksonville Jaguars may not be the dominant force they were back when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers last postseason, but that doesn’t mean Week 11’s rematch won’t be interesting. After acquiring their fifth consecutive loss on the season Week 10, it’s clearly desperation time as the locker room seems to understand that more than anyone. That should only add fuel to the fire for a game in which the Steelers have likely had circled for a while.
With the Jags currently dealing with offensive line injuries, the defense will be getting back a 2017 pro bowler in cornerback A.J. Bouye, who has missed the Jags’ last two games. That could help them tremendously as they’ll be dealing with an offense that features JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown on the outside. However, despite the Steelers talent at receiver, Sunday’s game will heavily depend on if the Jags can stop running back James Conner, who is currently fourth in the league in rushing with 771 yards and 10 touchdowns.
On offense, the Jags will need to find a way to get Leonard Fournette going despite having a new starter at left tackle in Ereck Flowers and being without their best offensive lineman in center Brandon Linder. Simply put, they were able to move Pittsburgh’s line off the ball in their last meeting, and with defensive end Stephon Tuitt out for Sunday’s game, we could see the Jags run at his backup and former Jag, Tyson Alualu, early and often.