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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick & Prediction NOV 22TH 2020
It would be quite the attention-getter for the Jaguars if they could hand the Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss Sunday in Jacksonville.
Perhaps Pittsburgh (9-0) might peek ahead to an AFC North showdown against Baltimore on Thanksgiving. Or perhaps the Steelers are simply due for a loss.
And perhaps the Jaguars (1-8) can build on a stretch in which they lost their past two games by a combined six points, including a 24-20 game last week at Green Bay.
Or perhaps not.
"They'll come down and be ready to go," Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said. "They've got a lot at stake. They're 9-0. They watched us play last week. They'll be ready to go. You're not going to catch them (letting up) or anything like that."
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed. And then some.
"The goal isn't to go undefeated; the goal is to win a Super Bowl," Roethlisberger said. "We are just going one week at a time. We are not worried about anything other than this week. ... I am hungry to come out and get this game."
Of course, continuing to win and finding a road to the Super Bowl would seem to be overlapping paths. And running into a "hungry" Roethlisberger doesn't exactly bode well for any opponent.
Roethlisberger has arguably been Pittsburgh's MVP, and there are some corners where he has been mentioned as a possible league MVP - for which the veteran and two-time Super Bowl champ has never received a single vote.
He has passed for 2,267 yards and 22 touchdowns, with four interceptions.
Marrone said Roethlisberger is playing at "a really high level right now. ... He's having a great year."
He's doing that despite a sometimes-sputtering run game.
While receiver Juju Smith-Schuster (9.6 yards a catch, five touchdowns) has been the closest thing the Steelers have to a go-to passing target, it's been more about a cast that includes receivers Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and James Washington, and tight end Eric Ebron.
Jacksonville will give rookie quarterback Jake Luton his third straight start after those two narrow losses. He has gone 44 of 73 for 473 passing yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rookie quarterbacks have been good fodder for the Steelers, who are 25-4 against them since 2004, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Most recently, Pittsburgh frustrated Cincinnati's Joe Burrow last week in a 36-10 win.
Luton will be facing a Steelers' defense that leads the NFL with 36 sacks and is tied for first with 17 takeaways. Pittsburgh also stands a good chance of getting back cornerback Mike Hilton (shoulder), who missed the past four games but was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
"We'll just have to be ready, be prepared and deal with whatever looks they give us," Luton said. "I think it's a great opportunity."
Marrone is counting on the Jaguars starting strong.
"If you get yourself into a game where you get behind, then they're going to eat you up," he said. "You're talking about guys who can rush the passer both inside and outside, guys who have been hitting quarterbacks, sacking quarterbacks ... all that stuff. It can get ugly fast."
In addition to Hilton, Steelers running back Anthony McFarland (illness) and defensive end Isaiah Buggs (ankle) were full participants at Wednesday's practice after missing the Cincinnati game.
For Jacksonville, receiver Laviska Shenault (hamstring), who missed the Packers game, did not practice Wednesday. Neither did tight end James O'Shaughnessy (knee).
--Field Level Media
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- @Jacksonville W 27 - 3
- Cincinnati W 10 - 36
- @Dallas W 24 - 19
- @Baltimore W 28 - 24
- @Tennessee W 27 - 24
- Cleveland W 7 - 38
- Philadelphia W 29 - 38
- @Tennessee D 0 - 0
- Houston W 21 - 28
- Denver W 21 - 26
- Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
- @Green Bay L 20 - 24
- Houston L 27 - 25
- @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39
- Detroit L 34 - 16
- @Houston L 14 - 30
- @Cincinnati L 25 - 33
- Miami L 31 - 13
- @Tennessee L 30 - 33
- Indianapolis W 20 - 27
- Baltimore(10-06-19) L 26 - 23
- Washington(10-28-12) W 12 - 27
- @Buffalo(12-11-16) W 27 - 20
- @Cincinnati(11-24-19) W 16 - 10
- Indianapolis(11-03-19) W 24 - 26
- Cleveland(10-19-14) W 6 - 24
- @Minnesota(08-18-18) W 14 - 10
- Tennessee(09-19-19) W 7 - 20
- @Baltimore(08-08-19) L 0 - 29
- Chicago(10-07-12) L 41 - 3
- Steelers @ Jaguars 27-3
- Steelers @ Jaguars 20-16
- Jaguars @ Steelers 45-42
- Jaguars @ Steelers 30-9
- Steelers @ Jaguars 21-23
- Steelers @ Jaguars 17-9
- Jaguars @ Steelers 13-17
- Steelers @ Jaguars 26-21
- Jaguars @ Steelers 31-29
- Jaguars @ Steelers 29-22
American Football Conference
|New England Patriots||4||6||0||.400||3.0||0.0||0.0||3-2||1-4||4-0-6|
|New York Jets||0||10||0||.000||7.0||0.0||0.0||0-5||0-5||0-0-10|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||1||0||.900||0.0||0.0||0.0||4-1||5-0||9-0-1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||6||4||0||.600||3.0||0.0||0.0||2-3||4-1||6-0-4|
|Los Angeles Chargers||3||7||0||.300||6.0||0.0||0.0||2-3||1-4||3-0-7|
National Football Conference
|Washington Football Team||4||7||0||.364||0.0||0.0||0.0||3-3||1-4||3-0-7|
|New York Giants||3||7||0||.300||0.5||0.0||0.0||2-3||1-4||3-0-7|
|Green Bay Packers||7||3||0||.700||0.0||0.0||0.0||3-1||4-2||7-0-3|
|New Orleans Saints||8||2||0||.800||0.0||0.0||0.0||5-1||3-1||8-0-2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4||0||.636||1.5||0.0||0.0||3-2||4-2||7-0-3|
|Los Angeles Rams||7||3||0||.700||0.0||0.0||0.0||4-0||3-3||7-0-3|
|San Francisco 49ers||4||6||0||.400||3.0||0.0||0.0||1-4||3-2||4-0-6|
- ConcussionQues Sun | questionable
Davis Jr. is dealing with a concussion, and it is unclear if he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals.
- ArmOut indefinitely | I-R
Thomas has landed on the injured reserve list due to an arm injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Wilson is hindered by a shoulder injury, and it is up in the air if he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Browns.
- KneeQues Sun | I-R
Quarterman has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from a knee injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Shenault Jr. has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field on Sunday versus the Browns.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Robinson is ailing from an illness, but it is likely that he will partake in Sunday's showdown with the Browns.
- ForearmQues Sun | questionable
Norwell left the previous game with an forearm injury, and he is not expected to line up against the Browns on Sunday.
- AchillesDoub Sun | doubtful
Jones missed the last game with an Achilles injury, and it is unlikely that he will partake in Sunday's contest against the Browns.
- ToeProb Sun | probable
Smith-Schuster has a toe injury, but it is projected that he will participate in Sunday's showdown versus the Ravens.
- QuadricepQues Sun | questionable
Samuels was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to a quad injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Sunday versus the Ravens.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Haden is nursing a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will play Sunday against the Ravens.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Heyward is battling an injured ankle, but it will not impact his status for Sunday's clash with the Ravens.
- QuadricepProb Sun | probable
Roethlisberger is managing an injured quad, but it is expected that he will be available for Sunday's battle against the Ravens.
- IllnessQues Sun | questionable
McDonald has been activated from the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, but it is undetermined if he will make his return Sunday against the Ravens.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Buggs has sat out the past two games due to an ankle injury, and it is unclear if it will impede his status for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Elliott missed the last game with an illness, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Ravens on Sunday.
- TrendOver is 5-0 in Jaguars last 5 games as a home underdog of 3.5-10.0.Hit %100.00% (5)O/U5|0Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-1 in Jaguars last 6 games as a favorite.Hit %83.30% (6)O/U1|5Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 6-2 in Jaguars last 8 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %75.00% (8)O/U6|2Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games as a home underdog.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 15-2 in Steelers last 17 games as a favorite of 10.5 or greater.Hit %88.20% (17)O/U6|2Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 8-3 in Steelers last 11 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0.Hit %72.70% (11)O/U3|8Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1-1 in Steelers last 6 games as a road underdog.Hit %80.00% (6)O/U1|4Push1W/L
- TrendUnder is 20-7-1 in Steelers last 28 games as an underdog.Hit %74.10% (28)O/U7|20Push1W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Jacksonville.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendSteelers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.Hit %25.00% (5)O/UPush1W/L1|3
- TrendUnderdog is 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.Hit %80.00% (16)O/UPush1W/L3|12