The Steelers made a major statement in the AFC North last week, defeating the Ravens 26-9 in Baltimore. Le’Veon Bell returned to form, rushing for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns. They face a 2-2 Jaguars team that was upset by the Jets last week in overtime. They feature a strong defense and running game.
Let’s look at the matchups
Jaguars Offense vs. Steelers Defense
The Jaguars are a team of opposites on offense and defense. On offense, they have a great running attack featuring Leonard Fournette. They have the 2nd best run offense in the league. The Steelers run defense has been inconsistent at best. The Jaguars passing game, however, is 29th and the Steelers pass defense has been very good.
Steelers Offense vs. Jaguars Defense
Jacksonville has the worst rush defense in the league in yards per game (163.5) and yards per carry (5.7). The Steelers finally got their running game going last week in Baltimore, rushing for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. The pass defense, on the other hand, is awesome. They are number 1 in passing yards allowed per game. But, is this because their run defense is so bad? The Steelers passing attack has been average so far, but they have the potential to have a huge game, especially at home.
The Steelers should be able to run well and control the ball for most of the game. The Steelers run defense isn’t great, but should be good enough. The Jaguars hope to emulate what the Bears did to the Steelers in Week 3, but you have to think the Steelers defense has improved. Steelers win in a low-scoring battle.
Steelers 22, Jaguars 13
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