His play has caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro tailback Le'Veon Bell, who recently told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that the 22-year-old is one of the opposing players he enjoys watching. The Jaguars could be in for a very long day at Heinz Field. The bettors are against the Steelers covering the spread however; with a 60-40 split in favor of the underdogs, the Jacksonville Jaguars. This Jaguars defense is a monster, and the rest of the league better take notice.
First, Abry Jones deflected a Roethlisberger pass over the middle that was intercepted by Smith - sitting in zone coverage. He has completed 61.5 percent of his passes (120 of 195) for 1,269 yards and six touchdowns, with seven interceptions. Ramsey broke up the pass to Brown, and Church - who grew up in the Pittsburgh area - returned the deflection 51 yards for a 20-9 lead with 3:59 left in the third quarter.
With his first game of multiple pick-sixes since 2006 against the Oakland Raiders, Roethlisberger hasn't quite looked like himself since late-2016, at least based on production. However, because of the two interception returns, the Steelers had the ball for the lion's share of the third and fourth quarters and the numbers are inflated by the number of possessions they had. Through five games, the Jaguars look to have a legitimate chance to get back for the first time in 10 years.
Fournette gave the Jaguars an early lead with a spectacular 2-yard touchdown dive in the second quarter. Twelve times in all. The Steelers controlled the ball over ten minutes more than the Ravens did, and never surrendered the lead all game.
Pittsburgh went right to work.
If the constant 300-yard games are a things of the past - and Roethlisberger's 312 yards Sunday marked his first 300-yarder in his past 11 regular-season games, oddly enough - then winning with ball control and defense is the recipe.
This one should stay in Pittsburgh's favor, especially at home. Ramsey was assigned to Vance McDonald and undercut the route to make the interception 16 yards downfield.
Despite the loss last week, the Jaguars are off to their best start since 2010 at 2-2. The unit does have 18 sacks and 10 turnovers. Yet, despite this one-sided trend, the Steelers are a 60 percent choice to cover among Sports Interaction bettors. Collectively, the Steelers offense laid an egg this week.
Pittsburgh made it 7-6 at halftime on Boswell's 34-yard field goal.
Last week, it was wide receiver Antonio Brown taking out his frustration on a water cooler after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger failed to see him open downfield in the second quarter of a win at Baltimore.
Pittsburgh outgained the Jaguars 184-144 in the first half.