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Sunday 11/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




PITTSBURGH (6 - 2 - 1) at JACKSONVILLE (3 - 6)
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Week 11 Sunday, 11/18/2018 1:00 PM
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PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-2+36-36-331.017.6419.9(6.4)1.323.210.6336.4(5.5)1.2
Road Games3-0+3.23-12-225.516.2440.2(6.3)1.721.27.5331.2(5.2)1.2
Last 3 Games3-0+33-02-136.019.7424.3(6.4)0.718.38.7249.0(4.6)1.0
Grass Games5-2+1.85-36-231.418.0412.2(6.3)1.523.510.1344.1(5.6)1.4
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)31.017.624.331:4724-106(4.3)27-4166.1%314(7.6)66-420(6.4)(13.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.614.122.931:0725-117(4.6)25-3965.0%270(7)64-387(6)(15.1)
Offense Road Games25.516.225.034:1426-115(4.4)28-4365.9%325(7.5)69-440(6.3)(17.3)
Defense (All Games)23.210.621.329:2022-91(4.1)25-3963.4%246(6.3)61-336(5.5)(14.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.813.222.330:0725-109(4.4)25-3863.9%271(7.1)63-380(6)(14.8)
Defense Road Games21.27.521.728:1521-91(4.4)24-4255.9%240(5.7)63-331(5.2)(15.6)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.51.4213-540.9%1-159.9%2-40(22.9)18-2(9.1)7-63
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-536.9%1-155.6%3-60(21.5)1-15(11.2)8-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.41.4 13-542.2%1-155.8%2-41(21.7)17-2(9.1)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-435.3%1-033.3%3-67(22.2)1-12(9.6)8-55

JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-6-7.83-54-517.88.3359.6(5.7)
Home Games2-2-4.32-22-218.710.0368.7(5.7)
Last 3 Games0-3-3.60-21-217.07.3336.3(5.2)1.724.317.3344.3(6)1.0
Grass Games2-4-6.32-42-417.87.7385.3(5.9)2.519.28.2300.7(5.2)0.8
JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)17.88.319.229:3724-95(4)25-4062.1%265(6.6)64-360(5.7)(20.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.410.820.431:3626-107(4.2)24-3765.1%254(6.9)62-361(5.8)(16.1)
Offense Home Games18.710.019.231:3025-97(3.9)26-4066.7%272(6.8)64-369(5.7)(19.7)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.211.620.330:0526-111(4.3)23-3565.2%244(7)61-355(5.8)(14.7)
Defense Home Games15.24.714.528:3027-102(3.7)16-2857.9%144(5.1)56-246(4.4)(16.1)
JACKSONVILLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-539.7%1-040.0%1-16(14.8)2-6(3.6)5-43
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 13-540.2%1-158.6%2-42(24.9)16-2(8.8)6-51
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-535.7%0-00.0%1-22(17.4)2-8(4.7)4-33
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 19.8,  JACKSONVILLE 20.9
PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2018@ TAMPA BAY30-27W1W55O22-7830-38-335116-6330-50-3924
10/14/2018@ CINCINNATI28-21W2W49.5U21-11232-46-369013-6226-42-2130
11/4/2018@ BALTIMORE23-16W1.5W47U27-11329-48-282016-6124-38-2070
11/18/2018@ JACKSONVILLE            
11/25/2018@ DENVER            
12/2/2018LA CHARGERS            
12/9/2018@ OAKLAND            
12/16/2018NEW ENGLAND            

JACKSONVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/30/2018NY JETS31-12W-7W40.5O34-12629-38-377314-3417-34-1440
10/7/2018@ KANSAS CITY14-30L3L48U17-10133-61-401530-12622-38-2982
10/14/2018@ DALLAS7-40L-3L39.5O18-6515-26-139242-20617-27-1720
11/11/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS26-29L3T48O34-9127-39-324123-8121-29-2851
11/25/2018@ BUFFALO            
12/6/2018@ TENNESSEE            
PITTSBURGH: QB Ben Roethlisberger gets the ball out quickly most of the time, with plenty of downfield bombs worked in. WR Antonio Brown remains the top receiver in the NFL, and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster impressed as a rookie while ascending to the No. 2 role. RB Le'Veon Bell is a good enough pass-catcher to play WR, and his patient running style behind a robust O-line allows the Steelers to pound with the running game when defenses focus on the pass. The Steelers' defense was gashed in the run game and beaten with long passes too often last season. Pittsburgh led the league with 56 sacks last year (12 by All-Pro DE Cam Heyward) and hope that former Packers S Morgan Burnett and first-round draft pick S Terrell Edmunds can sure up the secondary. The linebacking unit will continue to struggle without ILB Ryan Shazier, a player whose athleticism simply cannot be replaced.
JACKSONVILLE: Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett worked wonders last season, implementing an old-school, run-heavy offense that was excellent in the red zone. RB Leonard Fournette is a rising star with a mounting injury history, though T.J. Yeldon is one of the league's better No. 2s. The offense will only be as effective as erratic QB Blake Bortles, who is coming off his best and most mistake-free season and has a deep WR group to work with. The Jaguars have the league's best passing defense which held opponents to a league-low 68.5 QB Rating in 2017. CBs Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye were easily the NFL's best duo last season and Ramsey is arguably the best shutdown corner in the game right now. Defensive linemen Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler combined for 42.5 sacks, though the running game gave Jacksonville trouble at times.
Steelers have tough matchup in quest to put nail in Jaguars' coffin

The Pittsburgh Steelers only lost four times last season. The Jacksonville Jaguars handed them two of those losses, including a 45-42 loss in an AFC divisional round playoff game at Heinz Field.

Now it's the Steelers that can deliver a death blow to the Jaguars' season when they meet on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The Steelers (6-2-1) and the Jaguars (3-6) are two teams going in opposite directions. The Steelers have won five consecutive games while the Jaguars have lost five in a row.

Two wins on the Steelers' home turf last season should give the Jaguars confidence that they can play with the AFC North division leaders. But it's also likely that the Steelers will be coming to town with revenge on their mind. Losing twice to a team on their home field in the same year has only happened twice in Steelers history and Jacksonville can claim both feats (2007, 2018).

Several Jaguars players spoke on Wednesday how they felt that the Steelers would have the proverbial "chip-on-the-shoulder" mentality when they take the field at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

"Yeah I would imagine so," said middle linebacker Myles Jack. "I'm sure a lot of teams are kind of having that 'get-back party' against us. But yeah, I definitely think they would want to kind of avenge what happened last year because we jumped on them last year.

"I won't say guys are playing harder (against us), it's just a little more want-to, but we'll have that same intensity. And even though our record doesn't show it, it's going to be two talented teams going at each other. Guys are going to step up. There's going to be superstars on the field so it's going to be a high-caliber game. I feel we can get a win, I feel that every time I suit up and go out there. This will be a great week for us to get a win and get the ball rolling for the remainder of the season."

The Steelers know better than anyone how difficult of a matchup the Jaguars can be.

"They're a much better football team than their record," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "I think it's because they have a bull's-eye on their chest now. You are going to get teams' best and I think they got their division's best playing so far. I am not looking at their record because you can't. If you do, you are going to get fooled."

The Steelers are coming off their most impressive performance of the season, a 52-21 dismantling of the Carolina Panthers. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are coming off a 29-26 loss in Indianapolis. During their five-game losing streak, the Jaguars are averaging just 14.4 points per game while giving up 28.6 per game.

Still, the Jaguars are No. 2 overall in total defense and No. 1 against the pass. The Steelers know this will be a tough game. Not only do the Jaguars match up well against the Steelers, but their season is on the line. If the Jaguars don't win Sunday, they're going to have a hard time making it back to the playoffs.

"They are arguably still the very best defense in football," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "They do not give up big plays. We're playing well offensively when we are getting big plays. They specialize in minimizing big plays. Hunting big plays versus these guys, you do so at a risk because their rush is so formidable. As you hunt big plays, these guys impact the game in a negative way in terms of sacks, fumbles, and so forth."

The Steelers know this from experience. The Jaguars had a strip-sack and a fumble return for a touchdown in the playoff game in January and the rush hurried Roethlisberger into six interceptions in those two meetings last season, including five in a regular-season game at Heinz Field.

"From front to back, they're really good, really fast," Roethlisberger said. "With a lot of teams, we say it starts up front with their pass rush. This group has an unbelievable pass rush with their front four. Their linebackers are some of the fastest you'll ever . Their secondary is as good a secondary you will play. This will definitely be the biggest challenge for us."

Jacksonville's best defensive player is cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who intercepted Roethlisberger last season during the regular-season game at Heinz Field.

"You treat him with respect," Roethlisberger said. "He has all the tools. He's a guy you have to understand where he is and who he's covering. You just have to be smart. I'll never fear anyone. But you respect it for sure."

Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell knows the Jaguars are in a must-win situation. Only four teams in the modern Super Bowl era have started a season with a 3-6 record and managed to make the playoffs that season. The 1996 Jaguars are one of the four. That season, the team's second year as an NFL franchise, they won six of their final seven games to not only make the playoffs, but advance all the way to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to New England.

"Our margin for error is zero," Campbell said. "Our backs are against the wall but we have the ability to do something special. We have to bury the past and just look forward. With our team, our coaches and the way we prepare, I don't see why we can't make it happen. Put the past behind us and take it one day at a time, we can make it happen."

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