• Steelers offense faces tough test in stout Jacksonville pass defense

    By: Chase Williams

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    The Steelers have the third-ranked defense in the NFL. However, they will face tough test in the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

    Yes, the Jaguars.

    Rookie running back Leonard Fournette leads the way for the Jaguars offense with 285 rushing yards, pacing the 2nd-ranked rushing attack in the NFL. 

    But their passing attack is on the other end of the spectrum, ranking 30th in the league and 18th in total offensive yardage. Blake Bortles will start at quarterback for Jacksonville, and because of that, expect Fournette to take the bulk of the burden offensively.


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    Ben Roethlisberger hasn't thrown for 300 or more yards in 10 consecutive games, and that trend could continue, as Jacksonville has the top ranked pass defense and leads the NFL in sacks with 18. 

    It will be interesting to monitor Antonio Brown today after his sideline "temper tantrum" a week ago. He's since apologized. Will he be on his best behavior today?

    Le'Veon Bell is coming off a season-best performance with 144 rushing yards in Baltimore and more should be on the way this afternoon.

    For the second-straight week James Harrison is a healthy scratch. The 39-year-old linebacker has yet to register a tackle in the 2017 season.


     

     

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