The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL going into Week 11. Now they’ll try to exorcise their demons against Jacksonville.
Heading into the 2018 season, this matchup was going to be one of the marquee matchups of the season. The Steelers looked better on paper in 2017, but in two matchups at Heinz Field, the Jaguars pounded the Steelers, the latter of the games ending the Steelers’ quest for their seventh Super Bowl.
What was once set to be the Sunday Night Football game of Week 11 has now turned into a lackluster 1:00 P.M. kickoff. After their slow start, the Steelers are the AFC’s second seed at 6-2-1. The Jaguars on the other hand are 3-6 and in last place in the AFC South.
While the Jaguars don’t look to be a playoff team in 2018, this is a game the Steelers need to win for multiple reasons. There are some players they’ll need to gameplan against in order to secure the victory.
Leonard Fournette has missed a good chunk of the 2018 season. He seems to be healthy now and the Jaguars will rely on him for a steady and balanced offense.
His performance in 2018, when he has played, has been a bit lacking. On 44 total carries, he’s only averaging 2.8 yards-per-carry. Last week in Indianapolis, he carried the ball 24 times for only 53 yards.
Why is he such a threat then? Go look at the two matchups with the Steelers in 2017. He carried the ball a total of 53 times for 290 yards and five touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns were in the Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field.
Now, this Jaguars offensive line doesn’t look the same and lost their center this past week. With the way Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt are playing, the Jaguars may not be able to get the run game going with Fournette.
However, Fournette didn’t forget about his two massive games in Pittsburgh last year. He’ll look t dominate again.