The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely head into their Week 5 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field without a full squad for a fifth straight game. If the Jags' run defense continues to allow big runs, Bell and the Steelers could be in for a very big day.
Through four games this season, Bryant has caught 10 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.
But he looked like his usual self against the Ravens. They scratched and clawed their way back into the game late in the 4th, but a Chandler Catanzaro FG crushed their efforts in the OT period as time almost expired. The only win this season for the Bengals (1-3) came against the Cleveland Browns. After admitting that the coaches probably outsmarted themselves last week, the Jaguars were dedicated to the running game.
You can see from the above chart that Flacco was constantly throwing short. "It will be a challenge, obviously, after what we have been doing and our rush defense".
Reed is part of the contingency plan for the Jaguars with their starting center Brandon Linder out with an illness. The Texans are coming off a 57-14 annihilation of Tennessee, evening their record and moving them into a tie with the Jaguars and Titans atop the AFC South. Two plays in particular stood out. The Steelers led 9-7 when Roethlisberger looked left for Brown. On the first one, Flacco ran a play-action bootleg trying to lob a pass to tight end Benjamin Watson running a flat route. Admittedly, Ben Roethlisberger hasn't played up to his normal standards, but he can go off at any time. "We just need to focus on our responsibilities and make sure we handle it".
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As has been the case through recent years, the issues with the Jaguars begin and end with quarterback Blake Bortles. That said, the Jaguars responded to a 37-16 thumping at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 with a 44-7 drubbing of Baltimore the following week, so perhaps that trend is abating.
After the Jacksonville touchdown, the Jaguars' defense produced a three-and-out against the Steelers' offense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting a pretty nice defense together, with quality depth. The Steelers are second at 154 per game.
Max McCaffrey, whom the Jaguars signed off New Orleans' practice squad on September 12, has played in the last three games mainly on special teams and does not have a catch.