Week Five Pittsburgh Steelers What To Watch For

Marie Harrington
October 9, 2017

And therein lies the problem: For as good as Jacksonville has been in defending the pass, they've been just embarrassingly incapable of stopping the run.

The Jaguars started the game with a three-and-out, the first time this year they did not score on their opening drive (three field goals, one touchdown).

The Jaguars capitalized on the turnover, moving 47 yards on eight plays to make it 7-3 on Fournette's over-the-top (with plenty of room to spare) two-yard touchdown with 12:19 left in the first half. Church intercepted the deflection and returned it 51 yards for the touchdown.

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.

Just like that, the Jaguars led 20-9.

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Besides those guys, and Antonio Brown of course, it's hard to point to any positives about this performance.

Sunday's loss to the Jaguars punctuates a five-game sample from which troubling trends are emerging about what previously had been a high-powered attack. Blake Bortles will start at quarterback for Jacksonville, and because of that, expect Fournette to take the bulk of the burden offensively.

Bryant has 86 career receptions for 1,497 yards and 15 touchdowns in 25 regular-season games since being drafted in the fourth round in 2014. The Jaguars have the best defense the Steelers have played this season, so you would expect these two to bring their A-game... Have thoughts on how the Steelers and Jaguars are performing? He is second on the team with 13 receptions for 159 yards, however, he also is tied for the National Football League lead with four dropped passes.

Strong, whom the Jaguars claimed off waivers on September 19 from Houston, suffered a hamstring injury on a diving catch in his first practice with the Jaguars and missed the team's next five practices. Neither found the end zone, however. After Ryan Shazier's interception late in the second quarter, the Steelers had a second-and-9 at the 16 when Roethlisberger threw into double coverage for Brown.

"There is a reason why he is a Pro Bowl running back", Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. Two plays in particular stood out. Receiver Jaelen Strong (hamstring) and safety Jarrod Wilson (shoulder) - both reserves - also will be game-day decisions. It was the first time a Steelers quarterback has thrown five interceptions since 1987, when Mark Malone did so in 34-10 loss to the Browns on September 20, 1987, at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium.

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