The Jacksonville Jaguars will see lots of terrible towels when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Trevor Lawrence was asked if they knew what those were heading into the matchup. His answer was simple, yet accurate.
"They're little yellow towels that they swing around," Lawrence said during an exchange with the local media.
While Steelers fans might not be happy with Lawrence's characterization of the towel, he isn't wrong. It's a piece of clothes that fans swing around. He wasn't describing the Holy Grail or the Large Hadron Collider. Granted, it's an important part of the Steelers history but that doesn't make Lawrence's comments any less true.
A curse has been previously associated with the Terrible Towel, with former Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill going as far as warning everyone not to touch it. But leaving aside the little yellow towels, Lawrence told the media he's excited to face the Steelers and play at Acrisure Stadium for the first time ever in his career.
"We're excited, it's definitely one to check off the list, like playing in cool stadiums, historic places or obviously Pittsburgh, their whole organization has like an aura around it. That's really cool. They had some great players, great teams. You always know what kind of team Pittsburgh is going to have every year," Lawrence said.
Lawrence continued, "Super physical, great defense, their offense is playing really well. You know what you're gonna get, so they're really consistent. Coach Mike Tomlin has done a great job there. But I'm excited, I'm excited to pay over there. We've played in some hostile environments, Kansas City, New Orleans. I think those are up there, and this will be another one that'll be a challenge and be fun to play and be a fun atmosphere."
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't taking the Pittsburgh Steelers lightly
The Jaguars are 5-2 and a 2.5-point favorite entering the game even though they'll play on the road. Head coach Doug Pederson, for one, isn't taking the Steelers lightly and says he'll make sure the team is prepared.
"No, because that's my job to make sure that they don't and that was my message this morning," Pederson told the local media Wednesday when asked about whether he was worried his players would take the foot off the gas pedal. "We got to get right back on it today in practice. Understanding the type of team we're playing this week, they beat some really good football teams this year already. And they play hard, they play physical and I tell you, if you're not ready for this one, it's gonna be a long day in Pittsburgh."
On paper, the Jags are the better team. Their offense ranks 9th in scoring and their defense leads the league in takeaways. On the other hand, Pittsburgh's offense and defense are in the bottom half of the league. That said, Jacksonville can't take the win for granted. As Trevor Lawrence noted, they're going to play in what's a hostile environment for visiting teams and their defense is full of playmakers, including edge rusher T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars should be incentivized to beat the Pittsburgh in Week 8, with a win ensuring they go 6-2 into their BYE.