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

An interception by Ramsey midway through the first quarter got the ball rolling for Jacksonville.

Opposing defenses continue to stack the box and dare Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to beat them, likely a major factor in Fournette's low average. The Jaguars struggle to defend the run, which should open the door for the Steelers to follow a similar plan at Heinz Field. Furthermore; the Steelers' defense is doing a much better job than the Jaguars' right now and Roethlisberger should have no problem against a mediocre pass-rush defense.

After allowing more than 200 rushing yards in a 23-17 overtime loss two weeks ago at Chicago, the Steelers gave up runs of 50 and 23 yards on outside zone stretch plays last week despite limiting Baltimore to 82 rushing yards overall.

The running touchdown was Fournette's fifth score of the season.

Division leaders: Both teams top their respective division.

Jacksonville is in first place of its respective division (AFC South) as well.

Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday will not be televised in Lancaster County.


Jacksonville's 30-9 victory was keyed by back-to-back pick sixes in the third quarter. But then it can also be a team that struggles to move the ball with Bortles and makes egregious errors. Without their usual wide receiver, the team might not be as good as it once was in the season.

The Steelers are getting plenty of points in this one - and past history between these teams suggests that might favor the Jaguars. He has posted a quarterback rating above 87 once this season and has not thrown for more than 250 yards yet.

The Jags come into this game mostly healthy.

Alex Smith has been his efficient best through four games - completing 76 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions - but has also had to deal with a leaky offensive line that has allowed 16 sacks so far this season, third-most in the NFL. Pittsburgh was eventually forced to punt.

On Pittsburgh's next possession, the Steelers had second-and-10 from their 46 and used one receiver and three tight ends. But two plays later, Bortles' pass to tight end James O'Shaughnessy was intercepted by linebacker Ryan Shazier when O'Shaughnessy couldn't collect it as he landed on a Steelers defender. The play calling was very mature at that point.

Along with Antonio Brown and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bryant helps comprise one of the nicer receiving corps in the NFL. Roethlisberger tried to hit Brown down the sideline.

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