The roller coaster season continues for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they pull out a shocking 30-9 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Jaguars continue to defy logic this season as they roll into Pittsburgh and win a game not many people thought they could, beating the Steelers 30-9.
The dominating performance moves the Jaguars to 3-2 on the season, as they keep a hold on the lead in the AFC South. The first home game since September 17th comes next Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
A few takeaways from the huge win in Pittsburgh:
The defense was an unstoppable force
It was no secret that Jacksonville’s pass defense is impressive, boasting the league’s best in that category. They showed their teeth in Pittsburgh on Sunday, in the form of five interceptions off of Ben Roethlisberger, including two pick-sixes. Jalen Ramsey can no longer be ignored in the conversation of the league’s best cornerback, and he made another strong case for the top spot on Sunday.
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The Jaguars suffocated Big Ben and the Pittsburgh offense overall, as they held Le’Veon Bell to 47 yards rushing on 15 carries. The run defense was lacking coming into this game, and Jacksonville cleaned it up in a major way.
Jacksonville held the Steelers to just 9 points, and kept them out of the endzone. This Jaguars defense is a monster, and the rest of the league better take notice.
Leonard Fournette is a machine
Any man willing to try to tackle Leonard Fournette is a stronger man than I. The rookie has already proven his worth, and is by far the best player on the Jaguars offense. Fournette runs with malicious intent, and willingly takes on any defender brave enough to get in his way.
On the drive that began the fourth quarter when the Jaguars took half the time off of the clock, Fournette churned out yards and bullied the Steelers defense. Fournette finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns, and slammed the door shut on the Steelers with a 90-yard, soul crushing touchdown run with under two minutes to play.
It is early in his career, but it is getting clearer that Leonard Fournette is going to be one of the best offensive players in Jaguars history.
With a lead, the Jaguars took the game over
When Barry Church returned the second pick-six on consecutive drives to go up 20-9, the Jaguars could have gotten comfortable and taken their foot off of the gas. They did just the opposite, and closed out the win on their own terms.
Speaking on the aforementioned drive to start the fourth quarter, the Jaguars didn’t hide what they wanted to do, and Pittsburgh still couldn’t stop it. Jacksonville ran the ball right down the Steelers’ throat, and drained the remaining life right out of them. The drive went for 13 plays, 67 yards, and took over eight minutes off of the clock. Then Fournette drove in the final knife with the 90-yarder to close out the game. The Jaguars could have let their guard down when they went up by two scores. They didn’t, and finished the game how they wanted, imposing their will on the Steelers.
More on this game as the week goes on, but an impressive win by the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road.