The Jacksonville Jaguars could surprise everyone versus the Steelers.
The 9-0 Pittsburg Steelers are favored to beat the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. Putting aside the team’s contrasting records, the Steelers has a better collection of roster talent. Nevertheless, one national personality believes this upcoming matchup could turn into an ‘ugly, close game’
Colleen Wolf of NFL Media said on a recent Good Morning Football segment this shouldn’t be a close game tomorrow, it could be. She brings up the fact the ‘Jags’ have been playing better in the last two weeks and cites the Steelers Week 9 struggles against the 2-7 Dallas Cowboys as the reasons behind her take.
On the same roundtable, Sir Stats-A-Lot pointed out that the Steelers can’t afford to slip up when they play the Jaguars and cites the fact they have dropped five games against 2-8 squads or worse since 2007.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could indeed keep up with the Steelers.
This Jacksonville played surprisingly week against the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. Rookie running back James Robinson racked up 23 carries for 104 yards and wide receiver Keelan Cole scored on a 91-yard punt return and had a receiving touchdown. Moreover, their defense forced two turnovers.
Had quarterback Jake Luton been able to engineer a touchdown drive in the team’s last two offensive possessions, they might’ve won the game. If the Jaguars play the way they did in Week 11 and their rookie signal-caller performs well, they will have a chance to pull the upset.
On the other hand, the ‘Jags’ will be without cornerback C.J. Henderson, whom they placed on the Injury Reserve list with a groin injury, and Sidney Jones was listed as questionable in the team’s last Injury Report list.
Things don’t look optimal for the Jaguars in Week 11, but neither did they against the Packers and they ended up exchanging shots with them. This team has shown they can hang with the best, they will have another chance to do so against the Steelers.