Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

October 09 12:28 2017

This is a young and highly pedigreed group that has yet to play even one full game together and yet is ranked second in the National Football League in both yardage and scoring. It produced the outcome it did. The dynamics of the passing game have shifted unless they can rediscover them. Unfortunately, with the game on the line, they couldn’t hold the Jets out of field goal range. Credit Bell and the defense in that one.

Fournette sealed the game with a 90-yard touchdown run, but the sneaky highlight of his performance came earlier as he was helping to salt away the clock. The problem is, the Steelers knew what Jacksonville would do and still couldn’t stop it.

A week that began with Ben Roethlisberger chiding Antonio Brown for his behavior in the Steelers’ previous game ended in disaster for the Pittsburgh quarterback and his team.

Situation: Trailing 20-9 with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Steelers had third-and-8 from their 49.

OK, throw the penalty flag and accuse us of piling on, but Ben Roethlisberger’s shortcomings need to be addressed again. So WHP will carry the Ravens game but not the Steelers. Never taking his eyes off Brown, Roethlisberger threw the ball nonetheless and it had less than a zero percent chance of being completed, perfectly summing up the quarterbacks “WTF” afternoon.

A report Sunday, though, by CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora claimed that Brown has “been at odds” with Roethlisberger since the latter convinced the team to stay in the tunnel before a Week 3 game against the Bears, rather than stand on the sidelines during the national anthem. The rest of Roethlisberger’s completions went to Martavis Bryant (5), JuJu Smith-Schuster (4), Jesse James (3) and Justin Hunter (1) on 25 targets, including three combined incompletions to Vance McDonald and James Conner.

They shouldn’t make the same mistake this Sunday in Kansas City, the spot where Bell broke off 170 yards on 30 carries in last year’s playoffs. If the saying that things only get better with age rings true, the league should consider themselves warned.

But it would be the Jaguars defense that would deliver the next blow.

Big Ben was intercepted five times in the game, with two of those ran back for touchdowns – Telvin Smith for 28 yards and Barry Church for 51, which you can also watch, below.

It’s clear in the first five weeks the Steelers offense has not hit peak form, but how much longer can the team be afforded excuses.

The Jaguars pounded it on ground and used up the clock on their next drive. Lee is the Jaguars’ second-leading receiver (13 catches for 159 yards) behind Allen Hurns (16 catches, 186 yards, two TDs). The rookie ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-9 road win.

How they scored: A detailed look at today’s scoring.

On the road facing a team expected to play deep into January and perhaps beyond, the Jaguars instead served notice their best start in almost a decade is hardly a fluke. Fournette expanded his role in the offense, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

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