Week five is rolling through. The NFL is starting to swing into high gear. This week, the Pittsburgh Steelers are home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittsburgh Steelers Week Five Matchups
The Steelers’ passing offense is still good, but in the past few weeks they have looked a little spotty. Ben Roethlisberger took the blame, saying the quarterback must play better. While this statement may be true, he is not the only factor of this offense. Martavis Bryant must catch the ball more. Antonio Brown is still playing amazing, and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster has been a pleasant surprise. The Jaguars’ passing defense is sturdy, though. Jalen Ramsey is still very young and quick. The defensive line has applied plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. A key matchup is going to be Antonio Brown on Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey should be quick enough to keep up with Brown, but defending him is different. This matchup is a Steelers win.
Le’Veon Bell is finally back. He played strong and fast against the Ravens last week. This could propose a challenge for the Jags. Myles Jack has improved greatly. All the Jacksonville linebackers have. However, they had a tough time guarding Bilal Powell. Le’Veon Bell is much faster than Powell. This could provide a considerable danger for the mighty Jags’ defense. Bell could have another breakout game this week. Due to Bell, the Steelers win this matchup.
The offensive line of the Steelers had its ups and downs against a tough but battered Ravens’ defense. Most of the time, they were able to keep Roethlisberger safe. The Jags’ defensive line has been fantastic. Calais Campbell has been incredible. The Steelers will need to hold him back. Dante Fowler Jr. has gotten it done, even though he is on the bench. The Steelers’ line has been mediocre. They will need much more to hold the Jags back. The Jaguars win this matchup.
The Jaguars have plenty of talent on their offense. However, relying on Blake Bortles is a dangerous game. Some days he leads you to a 44-7 victory over the Ravens. The next week he leads you to a loss to the Jets. The passing game should be much better than it actually is. As for the Steelers passing defense, it is looking great. The Steelers really contained Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense. Blake Bortles and his receivers are much less of a threat. The Steelers should have no problem handling this matchup.
Rookie Leonard Fournette has been what we all expected: good. Not great, but good. He is defiantly in the top three rookie running backs, and he is a huge chunk of the offense. The Steelers, as we saw in Chicago, can have a problem with young, fast running backs. They must improve their stingy run defense. The Jags must expose the weakness. The Jags should win this matchup.
The defensive line of the Steelers is awesome. Cameron Heyward was all over Joe Flacco, And he should be all over Bortles as well. The offensive line of the Jags is battered. You do not want that against the Steelers! The Steelers, led by Heyward, will cruise past this matchup.
This game will come down to the Jags run game and Ben Roethlisberger’s accuracy. The Jags have one of the NFL’s best defenses. If Roethlisberger is not careful, the ball will end up in the Jags’ hands. We cannot count out the Steelers though. Roethlisberger is still one of the league’s best, and the Steelers should pull off the win.
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