23rd regular-season meeting.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-2 in the season so far with 1-1 away. Beating the Steelers at Heinz field is entirely another for a Jaguars team that seems to only show up every other week. The question is can he break through Pittsburgh's No. 2 pass defense? Furthermore; the Steelers' defense is doing a much better job than the Jaguars' right now and Roethlisberger should have no problem against a mediocre pass-rush defense. Unfoutunately, they suffer from the inconsistencies that plague most young teams.
First, Abry Jones deflected a Roethlisberger pass over the middle that was intercepted by Smith - sitting in zone coverage.
The Steelers first priority, unquestionably, is to shut Fournette down.
Jacksonville doesn't generally follow bad games with good; it has covered just 19 times in the last 65 games after allowing more than 350 yards in its previous contest. Bell accounted for 186 yards from scrimmage in the Steelers' win in Baltimore.
Coming off a decisive victory over Baltimore in London, the Jaguars were gashed for 256 yards on the ground. On a third-and-17 from the Pittsburgh 34-yard line, Roethlisberger attempted to get the ball to Antonio Brown. On offense, Jacksonville averages 27.3 points and 331.8 yards per game. However, Big Ben has thrown for just 957 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Steelers hoped to avoid becoming part of the national anthem story by not taking the field, but it appears the issue has still been very significant for the team. Watt and Ryan Shazier, there those opportunities will be limited. He'll need to be equally capable in the passing game to get involved in the offense this week.
We'll find out when CBS broadcasts the game on your local station at 1 p.m. EST Sunday. Having him play well will be key against the Jaguars and help take pressure off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The only way, and I mean only way, that Jacksonville has a chance to win this game is if they lean heavily on RB Leonard Fournette, early and often.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills, putting them at 2-3 while the Cleveland Browns go to 0-5 after dropping this week against the New York Jets. Last season, Brown played 16, with eight starts, for the Carolina Panthers. Fowler continues to get better each outing but still has occasional lapses where he plays out of control.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles passed for only 95 yards, but Fournette finished with 181 yards on 28 carries after breaking free for a 90-yard touchdown run with 1:47 left. He also is the only National Football League player with at least five sacks in each of past nine seasons.