NFL Week Five Match Up: Jaguars at Steelers

Oct 10, 2017, 00:09
NFL Week Five Match Up: Jaguars at Steelers

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.

Roethlisberger spearheaded a decision to reverse course and have the players remain in the tunnel rather than on the sidelines as originally intended, which was the topic of an emotional team meeting the following day.

His 37.8 passer rating was his worst since he had a 37.8 against Buffalo on December 11 of last season. Not since the Bills threw 12 passes in a game in 2015 has an National Football League team thrown so seldom.

Although he wasn't targeted in the passing game, Koyack played extensively throughout the game, especially after the Jaguars took the lead for good in the third quarter, thanks to a pair of interception returns for touchdowns.

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

"I'm not playing well enough...maybe I don't have it anymore".

Fournette and Jacksonville's defense were so dominant that quarterback Blake Bortles only attempted one pass in the second half.

And decidedly different. The Jaguars (3-2) have already matched their 2016 win total and are above.500 after five games for the first time since 2010 thanks in large part to Fournette's precocious play. Then strong safety Barry Church ran the next one back 51 yards. They played a heck of a ball game. "I've had bad games before, bad stretches". While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask our NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.

The Jacksonville Jaguars spent the first month of the season looking equal parts awesome and very bad, taking one step toward respectability immediately followed by a baffling step back.

A 90-yard TD run by Fournette capped the Jaguars scoring. The game takes place from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET.

And if Sunday's win was any indication - throttling the Steelers on their home turf - the Jaguars are certainly a team on the rise.

"It's going to be tough, like every year, but we're just trying to gel together as a team", Koyack said. If the offense turns in a performance resembling what they showed today, the Steelers chances of avoiding a second consecutive loss are slim to none. Previous year an ankle injury kept him out for three games at a similar juncture of the season. With Smith-Schuster, McDonald and Hunter as newcomers and with Bryant still struggling, Roethlisberger only has chemistry with Brown and Bell.

Kevin Hogan, who replaced DeShone Kizer at quarterback after halftime, gave the Browns their first lead of the season on a 21-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end David Njoku with 9:23 left in the third quarter.

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