The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars renew their AFC rivalry in Week 11, and the battle between these two franchises certainly as a lot of headlines swirling around it.
The Jaguars have lost 8 games in a row, and will have Jake Luton at quarterback as Gardner Minshew continues to recover from a surgery on his throwing hand.
The Steelers’ running game, or lack thereof, has been a talking point among the fan base this week. Can they get James Conner going early and often?
Ben Roethlisberger played lights out last week, but has historically struggled against the Jaguars. Can he reverse this trend?
Among those story lines are players who aren’t talked about often, but can certainly play a role in the outcome of the game. This week I was fortunate enough to ask Big Cat Country’s contributor Ryan O’Bleness several questions leading up to the big game Sunday.
One of those questions was if he could give me a player who isn’t being talked about, but could play a big role in who wins and loses the game. He didn’t disappoint and gave one offensive, and one defensive, player Steelers fans should become acquainted with heading into Week 11.
Wide receiver Keelan Cole is a guy to watch who Steelers fans may not be familiar with. He had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown last week against the Packers. Cole is a former undrafted free agent who is currently second on the team in receptions (34) and receiving yards (427), and tied for first on the team with D.J. Chark in touchdown receptions (four). He could play another big role on Sunday, especially if Shenault is out again (Editor’s Note: Shenault has been ruled OUT for the upcoming game).
TO THE HOUSE @Air4Cole takes it 90-yards!— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 15, 2020
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❄ Baby it's COLE outside.@Air4Cole with his 2nd TD game of the game!— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 15, 2020
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Defensively look out for rookie defensive linemen DaVon Hamilton and Doug Costin (who has now cleared concussion protocol and should be good to go Sunday). Did I mention this team uses a lot of rookies?
The Steelers have let no-name receivers have big games on them already this season, none larger than Travis Fulgham of the Eagles who had 10 catches on 13 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 5.
Pittsburgh’s defense is elite, but far from perfect. Will the Steelers blitz Luton into oblivion, or will they just rush 3 or 4 like they did vs. Joe Burrow and the Bengals last Sunday?
While there are plenty of players who can have an impact on the upcoming game, these players will be highlighted by Pittsburgh, and their fans, during the Week 11 showdown.
For the best news on the opposition, check out Big Cat Country, and stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers leading up to the 1:00 p.m. kickoff in Jacksonville.