3 keys of the week Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Offensive success in the red zone

The Steelers Achilles heel in 2019 was apparent not only for the offense but for the whole team as well. However, if you wanted to create a list, it goes, Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, significant gaps, then offensive success in the red zone. A major reason as to why TE Eric Ebron was acquired, it has been one of the most remarkable improvements for Pittsburgh.

At this time last year, the Steelers ranked dead last in red zone scoring percentage at 35.0 (TDs only). An ugly memory, the returns & additions in 2020 has jumped them back to eighth in the NFL at 68.6%.

However, for the once-vaunted “Sacksonvillle” defense, things have severely gone downhill. 31st in points scored against, the only brag they can boast is their red-zone defense.

Although opposing teams have scored on 50% of their drives, the Jags have held up within the 20-yard and goal line. If their opponents haven’t found the end zone by then, they are scoring at a 58.3 rate, which is tied-10th in the NFL with the Steelers.

It should be another eventful day for the Pittsburgh offense that could repeat the performance of 36 points last week if they handle things down here.