3 things we learned from Steelers win against Jacksonville Jaguars

Pittsburgh Steelers, Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers can still run the ball despite reports to the contrary

According to ESPN.com, the Steelers were able to generate 106 net rushing yards on 27 rushing attempts.  That in and of itself is not overwhelming but for the Steelers offense, it was a proclamation that touted our ability to still run the ball when we needed to run it.

Both my 22-year-old son and I predicted that the game against the Jaguars would be the game where we get the running game back on track.  Leading the way on the ground was James Conner, our fourth-year RB out of Pitt, with 89 yards on 13 carries.

While those numbers are not outstanding, they are significant for this reason: the Steelers have not been able to run the ball with any consistency or with any efficiency for several games.  Another reason why the reappearance of the running game is significant is this: time of possession.

We held the ball for 36 minutes and 29 seconds, which left only 23 minutes and 31 seconds for the Jaguars offense with which to work.  I would say we made the most of our time of possession which came as a direct result of being able to run the ball and to run it efficiently.

Let’s take a look at the second thing we learned.