Steelers coach Mike Tomlin lets Ben Roethlisberger have it after Week 5

Jerome Frank
October 9, 2017

The crowd is also leaning toward the over, with 71 percent leaning toward a total above 43 points.

Pittsburgh's defense held Baltimore scoreless in three quarters last week and stifled any sniff at a comeback. Today's game takes place from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will air live on CBS.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were involved in a wild, entertaining game against the Jets this past Sunday, but couldn't quite pull it out as they lost in OT. It's been that kind of year to this point. Look for the defense to crowd the line of scrimmage, limiting his yards after contact with a gang tackling mentality. Further, as charted by Football Outsiders, they are especially stingy against their opponents' No. 1 receivers, on average limiting them to only 32.6 yards per game. The Jaguars' last two first-round selections in the NFL Draft - cornerback Jalen Ramsey and running back Leonard Fournette - changed the game's momentum and were dominant throughout. The final carry produced a two-yard touchdown score for Fournette.

The Steelers have loaded up on offensive talent to be "all in" behind what could be Roethlisberger's last season, but Antonio Brown is the only pass-catcher with consistent chemistry with the quarterback. Pittsburgh is a completely different team at home than on the road, and with their defense playing at a high level, it will be hard for Jacksonville to stay within eight in this one. 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.

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Bryant has been one of Ben Roethlisberger's top targets this season with 10 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown. However, Big Ben has thrown for just 957 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Oh, and the NFL's most dynamic player a season ago, running back Le'Veon Bell, appeared to find his form last week in Baltimore after a slow start following a training camp holdout. The defense on Sunday did what it did in one-sided Week 1 and Week 3 victories in that it turned the game around with big plays and turnovers.

The Jaguars have allowed just 147 passing yards per game this season. Bradford has missed the Vikings' last three games due to a knee injury. In fact, I think it will only lead to a stronger performance.

After the Jacksonville touchdown, the Jaguars' defense produced a three-and-out against the Steelers' offense. Turning into Scott Tolzien in Heinz creates little confidence the Steelers can go into Arrowhead next week and put up points on the Kansas City Chiefs.

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