Steelers offense faces tough test in stout Jacksonville pass defense

by Linda Olson October 10, 2017, 0:11
Steelers offense faces tough test in stout Jacksonville pass defense

It won't be easy, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to stay flawless at home while they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It would be easy to write the obituary on Roethlisberger's career after a game like this, which resulted in the Steelers losing 30-9 to Jacksonville.

Roethlisberger: "Which play was that?" Not only is Roethlisberger failing to complete the deep pass, he again is singularly focused on getting the ball to Antonio Brown - no matter how many cornerbacks and safeties are covering the All-Pro receiver. Overlooking the turnovers, the numbers for the Steelers offense don't look bad, Roethlisberger recorded over 300 yards passing and Antonio Brown topped 100 yards for the second time in the early season.

In 2014, when Ben Roethlisberger was one of the league's hottest quarterbacks, airing it out was a sound strategy.

"He was impressive just by what he was able to do all day long", Bortles said of Fournette.

Koyack chopped down Steelers' linebacker T.J. Watt to spring Fournette for a 12-yard gain early in the fourth quarter, which ignited a long drive that ended with a field goal and all but exhausted any hopes of a Steelers' comeback.

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The next play, Manning was sacked and fumbled, which the Chargers recovered at the Giants' 11-yard line . Shepard came into Sunday's meeting as the Giants' leading receiver with 254 yards and one touchdown.

"I know that he's a competitor and he wants the ball, but all of us are competitors", Roethlisberger said Tuesday of Brown. Over 50% of the tickets for the Buffalo-Cincinnati game were on the Bills receiving three points, and those bettors almost cashed in when Buffalo drew within 17-16 in the fourth quarter. Maybe those oversights are due to Gilbert's habit of missing stretches of games. Their offense has sputtered at times this year, and it has resulted in close games, and even a loss to the rebuilding Chicago Bears. Not a good game, but his team won despite him. "Let's just wait and see where we're at when the season is over".

Throwing just 14 passes in yesterday's 30-9 win, Jacksonville threw the least of any National Football League team in any game this year or last year. But until the passing game actually shows that it can be more reliable as a proactive strategy, then it might be wise to put greater emphasis on the ground, which could include the usage of additional running backs.

The Jaguars have only two other healthy receivers who have caught a pass this season: undrafted rookie Keelan Cole (four catches) and veteran Arrelious Benn (one), whose main role is on special teams.

But when Roethlisberger tried to rally the Steelers, he threw two more interceptions. Previous year an ankle injury kept him out for three games at a similar juncture of the season.

For his part, Brown had 10 catches for 157 yards against Jacksonville, and he predicted after the game that Roethlisberger would "come to work this week with a lot of intensity", adding, "He's going to bring the best out of all of us, especially after a week like this".

And since the Steelers weren't stopping the run, Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory were making them pay.


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