NFL Week 4: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

NFL Predictions Week 5: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers Picks, Predictions, and Odds 10/08/17

Jacksonville fell to 2-2 on the season with a 23-20 OT loss to the Jets last week. Brown will be a continued factor in the offense and things will run smoothly against a Jacksonville defense that can go from good to bad very quickly.

The Jags come into this game mostly healthy.

At their best, the Jaguars should be able to hold their own against the Steelers. Earlier in the drive, Allen Hurns' 18-yard catch converted a second-and-10 and Fournette carried on four consecutive plays for the first time this year, including a five-yard gain on third-and-2. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ripped a ball out of Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy's hands.

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.




"Our defense got stops, our offense was able to maintain possession of the ball because we took care of the ball, and that allowed us to continually snap it and produce the run total", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting a pretty nice defense together, with quality depth. Although Blake Bortles is having one of his strongest starts of his career, he won't be able to get much going against a pass rush like the Steelers and a strong secondary that's finally coming together. It goes without saying, but this game's circumstances made Sunday one of the Jaguars' biggest victories in the last decade - perhaps the biggest victory. Last Sunday saw Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger have a slight war of words after a blowup on the sideline from Brown. That included a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith that turned a 9-7 deficit into a 13-9 third-quarter lead. But Sunday, the Jaguars' first 19 points came off Roethlisberger's first three interceptions. Two plays in particular stood out.

The Jacksonville defense has forced 15 turnovers so far this year, which leads the league and is tied for the fifth most through the first five games of the season since 2000. However, they haven't consistently lived the part in this season. Martavis Bryant has been unable to re-establish himself as the deep threat he was a season ago and Roethlisberger has been off his game in each of the first five weeks.

The Jaguars were without center Brandon Linder (illness), wide receiver Jaelen Strong (hamstring) and defensive end Lerentee McCray (knee) entering the game due to injuries.

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