The Steelers face the Jacksonville Jaguars in week five. Both these teams crushed the Ravens, which is interesting. Jacksonville is coming off a loss to the New York Jets, while the Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens just a week ago.
Pittsburgh Steelers Week Five Preview
The Steelers offense is starting to look complete. There are still a couple of mistakes, but all seems to be going well for the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell finally had his breakout game against Baltimore. He is not at the level we would like yet, but at least his personal Pre-Season is over. As for the passing game, it is still one of the best in the league. Although Ben Roethlisberger made some questionable decisions, one that led to Antonio Brown attacking an innocent Gatorade bucket, the Steelers still look strong in this category.
The Jaguars’ defense has been argued as the best in the NFL. They are young, fast, and energetic. Telvin Smith and Myles Jack are evolving as good linebackers, and Jalen Ramsey is playing awesome as well. The Steelers are a more veteran team, so they will have to account for the youth of the Jags’ defense.
The Jaguars offense looked good against the Ravens, but not so great against the Jets. Currently, Blake Bortles is looking slightly better than the first couple of weeks, but based on recent history this can go downhill fast. Leonard Fournette has looked good, and the Steelers should keep their eye on him. As we saw in Chicago, the Steelers defense can have a tough time covering the run game. The Jags would have to rely on the run game to win this game.
The Steelers defense was refreshing to watch against Baltimore. However, Jacksonville is a team like the Bears. They heavily rely on their running backs. The Steelers defense needs to account for this. However, the Steelers will have T.J. Watt, an asset they didn’t have in Chicago. If the Steelers can hold the running game of the Jags, they can win the game.
The Jaguars will have to take what the Bears did in week three as advice. If they want any chance of winning this game, they need to exploit the Steelers’ defense. However, the young defense of the Jags will also have to be at their best. The predicted score is a Steelers win; 28-17.