Ben Roethlisberger's five interceptions kill Steelers in 30-9 loss
- Author: Geraldine Cohen Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 0:49
Since surprising the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener and then beating the Cleveland Browns the following week, the Ravens were humbled by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-7, in London and then by the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-9, on Sunday.
The Steelers are getting plenty of points in this one - and past history between these teams suggests that might favor the Jaguars.
On defense, the Jaguars are a sacking machine.
Jacksonville has thrived on turnovers, forcing 10 in four games, including five interceptions by a secondary that features cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. It was Smith's second career touchdown. Following a successful extra point, the Jaguars led 20-9 with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter.
The Steelers starting quarterback has been extremely hard on his teammates for issues both on the field and off the field over the course of the last six months. The defensive back returned the ball 51 yards for another defensive touchdown. They will look to keep things rolling this week against Jacksonville.
The game still in doubt, the Jaguars delivered arguably their drive of the year. However, their run defense is allowing 165.5 yards per contest. Twelve times in all. Defensively, the Steelers are allowing only 14.8 points and 294.3 yards per game right now.
FAST FACTS: Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has thrown five TD passes and just one pick in the past two games. Admittedly, Ben Roethlisberger hasn't played up to his normal standards, but he can go off at any time. That came three plays after a 49-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Brown on Pittsburgh's first offensive play. Boswell's 29-yard field goal made it 3-0. I still don't see the explosion we're used to in this Pittsburgh offense, but they should have some short field to work with if Bortles starts throwing picks on his own side of the green. Ramsey was assigned to Vance McDonald and undercut the route to make the interception 16 yards downfield. He has three 300-yard passing games, including the playoffs, over the past 15, however, and all three of those games have resulted in losses.
Fournette is now tied for seventh in the league in rushing with 285 yards on 81 carries with three rushing touchdowns. The defense has been unexpectedly good, ranked second in total defense and scoring defense.
The Jaguars were shutout in the first quarter for the first time this season.
Pittsburgh punted and the Jaguars took over at the Steelers' 48 with 1:06 left in the half. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier ripped a ball out of Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy's hands.
Despite Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown posting 10 catches for 157 yards, the Steelers never scored a touchdown Sunday.
Strong, whom the Jaguars claimed off waivers on September 19 from Houston, suffered a hamstring injury on a diving catch in his first practice with the Jaguars and missed the team's next five practices. The Bortles-Hurns connection was followed up by a 12-yard run from Fournette.