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 free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers defense knows how to ‘turn the heat up’ when it’s most needed

After the first offensive drive for the Jaguars, it looked like the Steelers defense was going to have a ‘rough ride’ the rest of the game.  Fortunately, that did not come to fruition.  Instead of ‘tough sledding’ for our defense, the ‘tables’ were turned on the Jaguars offense. The FG that was scored on the first drive would be the only points the ‘D’ would give up for the rest of the game.

I know I sound like a broken record but as has been the case all season, the Steelers ‘D’ was a bit ‘leaky’ initially but ended the game surrendering a total of 206 net yards.  We were able to tally four INTs, two of which were nabbed by Minkah Fitzpatrick, our All-Pro FS.

While the entire defense played exceptionally well sans the first offensive possession, Fitzpatrick has played exceptionally well since being acquired in a trade early in the 2019 season.   Although we gave up a first-round pick to acquire the aforementioned Fitzpatrick, I do not think the Steelers are regretting that decision at all.

I think it’s fair to say that against the Jaguars, the Steelers defense not only looked dominant but played with dominance.  In addition to the four INTs, the defense continued to generate pressure on opposing QBs with two more sacks.  What was most impressive to me was the fact that the ‘D’ held the Jaguars offense to 3.7 yards per play.

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