Ben Roethlisberger throws five interceptions in loss to the Jaguars

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10 October, 2017

On one, Fowler ran down Jets RB Bilal Powell from behind and prevented him from gaining a first down late in the game.

And if Sunday's win was any indication - throttling the Steelers on their home turf - the Jaguars are certainly a team on the rise.

The Jacksonville Jaguars went to Pittsburgh looking to improve their record to 3-2 for better positioning in the AFC South.

So it was no surprise that both defenses got the job done in the first half. Yes, that happened Sunday - and because it did the Jaguars turned in their biggest, most memorable Sunday in a very long time.

Again the Steelers tried some up-tempo on offense but Tashaun Gipson picked off Roethlisberger to give the Jaguars offense the ball near midfield. But left guard Ramon Foster, banged up himself with a bad thumb, has been off. Center Maurkice Pouncey is struggling even more in pass blocking. Finishing the game 8-of-14 for 95 yards and an interception that has to be blamed on tight end James O'Shaughnessy, Bortles followed the game plan and kept his team in the game.

Roethlisberger now has a passer rating of 75.8, which would be his worst for an entire season since he posted a 75.4 passer rating in 2006 - the year of his infamous motorcycle crash that almost killed him in the offseason. Another 10 targets were checkdowns to Bell. Two plays in particular stood out.

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The country, however, withdrew the offer after it was struck by two major earthquakes in early September. That's going to have to be - you know, you can say goodbye to that.


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Carolina coach Ron Rivera has said Newton is still "knocking the rust off" after playing only one series in the preseason. The Patriots overcame a comeback attempt by the Texans with their own last-minute rally for a 36-33 victory.


Despite being the primary No. 2 starter through five weeks, Bryant is tied for 63rd with 204 receiving yards. However, offense was supposed to be a strength, and it has not been through five games. That's not exactly playing to the receiver's strengths. Lee is the Jaguars' second-leading receiver (13 catches for 159 yards) behind Allen Hurns (16 catches, 186 yards, two TDs).

The Jaguars provided a blueprint for teams that don't use the outsize zone system in their running game.

Running back Leonard Fournett did manage 86 yards on 24 carries last week, but the Steelers defense will be a little tougher to part. But that means the Steelers have to stop Fournette. He had a long run of 90 yards, which he carried into the end zone for a touchdown. And that leader, rookie Kareem Hunt, is on the docket Sunday when the Steelers visit the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. He also is the only National Football League player with at least five sacks in each of past nine seasons. Maybe those oversights are due to Gilbert's habit of missing stretches of games.

The Steelers entered the season thinking they had a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl after losing in the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots last season. This year, it's a bulky hamstring that's the culprit.

It would be easy to write the obituary on Roethlisberger's career after a game like this, which resulted in the Steelers losing 30-9 to Jacksonville.


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