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Analyzing the Steelers’ Week 11 win over the Jaguars, by the numbers

Some of numbers from Sunday’s game are quite obvious, but are still worth noting.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


In the fourth quarter, Blake Bortles had one completion on two attempts while being sacked three times. His only completion was on the first play of the quarter for seven yards on 3rd & 11.


The number of consecutive “three and out” drives the Steelers forced on the Jaguars after the Leonard Fournette touchdown. The drive following this streak was the one-play strip sack to end the game.


The Steelers had their first lead of the game with 5 seconds left in the fourth quarter. In their previous wins this season, the latest the Steelers got their first lead was with 1:07 left in the second quarter against the Bengals. In their two losses in 2018, the Steelers never held the lead.


There was 2:09 remaining in the third quarter when the Jaguars scored their lone touchdown of the game. This play was the final first down of the game for Jacksonville. After the touchdown, the Steelers held the Jaguars to -3 yards of total offense.


A good offense can make a good defense. Of the 996 yards the Steelers have given up on the ground this season, 665 of them have occurred when the game was tied or the other team had the lead, including all of the 179 yards given up against the Jaguars. When the Steelers have held the lead, they have only given up 341 rushing yards. With 2/3 of the yards given up on the ground coming when the Steelers were tied or trailing, playing with the lead is key to the Steelers run defense.


Blake Bortles passed for 104 yards on Sunday, which happened to be the exact amount of receiving yards by JuJu Smith-Schuster. Additionally, Antonio Brown had 117 receiving yards. So two Steelers’ receivers had the same or more receiving yards than Jacksonville’s quarterback had passing.