Short and sweet — the Jaguars were victorious in the two match ups last year, with one of those coming in the playoffs. They weren’t just wins, they were beat downs with Jacksonville being the more physical of the two teams. Even with the lopsided records, I fully expect another hard nosed game on Sunday. I feel if these three Pittsburgh Steelers players have great games they will have their sixth win in row.
The simple truth is Ben has had struggles going against past Jacksonville teams. Dating back to 2004, Ben has had a 4-5 record vs. Jacksonville. The two thrashings in 2017 include a home playoff loss. Speaking for myself, those two games were physically dominating by the Jaguars and they have brought the wood in other meetings.
In those 9 games Ben, has a decent 62% completion percentage going 209 of 336, throwing 17 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. The alarming number is the amount of sacks taken, a total of 30, along with 6 fumbles and three of those recovered by the defense.
The five losses alone account for all 12 of those interceptions. It’s up to Ben to protect the ball and it’s up to our O-line to keep Ben upright. Both the line and Ben have been playing lights out but proving it against a defense that has dominated in recent past will be yet another test for the 2018 season. Don’t let that record fool ya.
Piggy backing off of the stat above, thirty sacks is way to many to be giving up. Jacksonville can get after the QB.
Matt Feiler has been playing solid as a back up, but I believe he will get plenty attention on Sunday. The unit as a whole have kept Ben upright and it will need another solid outing from the former fourth year undrafted player. Mike Munchak continues to churn out solid lineman.
Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Cambell can bring it, and it’s up to Feiler and Company to stop that from happening.
Javon had 6 tackles against a Carolina team that posed many challenges and questions, and those questions were answered. He will need to have another solid game going against a thumping runner in Leonard Fournette.
Take into account that Stephon Tuitt will likely not play and you have yourself a need for not only Hagrave but Alualu to play big. The rotation of that line also changes and that will be something to watch. Hopefully the guy mentioned in the opening can turn this into a one dimensional game where the Steelers can just pin their ears back and go.
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