The Jacksonville Jaguars are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Although the Jags are currently favored to win, head coach Doug Pederson knows the Steelers are an opponent they can't afford to take lightly. In fact, Pederson has nothing but praise for them and fellow head coach Mike Tolmin.
"I know Mike pretty well, and I've coached against him several times now, Pederson told the media Wednesday. "Lot of respect for him and what he's done there. He's won a lot of football games, double-digit wins most of his career and that's pretty impressive. Championships and things of that nature, he does a great job of getting his team to prepare."
"The way he messages his team, motivates his team. They play hard, they play physical, they're fast. It's a disciplined group, and they've always been. It's kind of the tradition of the Pittsburgh Steelers over time, through history. He's definitely carried that on his crew as the head coach," Pederson said.
The game will be held at Acrisure Stadium, which is famous for its hostile environment toward visiting teams. If Jacksonville wants to extend their current winning streak to five, these five players will need to show out in Week 8.
No. 5 Jaguars player who must shine vs. the Steelers: Andre Cisco, S
Safety Andre Cisco suffered a hamstring injury against the Saints and was limited in practice this week. He's listed as questionable against the Steelers but he won't probably want to miss the game after hearing George Pickens' comments that the Jaguars' defense relies on hope to stop opponents.
Cisco is having a pretty good year — four passes defensed, three interceptions — and is among the best safeties in the league right now. Having him in the field would help Jacksonville take away the Steelers' ability to stretch the field.