What We Learned Against The Steelers

The Jaguars held on for a 23-21 victory over the Steelers to move to 1-0 in the preseason. Find out how our keys to the game played out.

The Jacksonville Jaguars fought and clawed their way to an impressive preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jacksonville offense looked sharp under the direction of Blake Bortles and the defense played well once backup quarterback Landry Jones entered the game for the Steelers.


1. Can the Jaguars offense look functional? The Jaguars offense looked more than functional, and dare we say very good. It may have been a product of a bad Steelers defense, but the Jaguars starting offense protected Blake Bortles well, and he delivered to all his targets with great accuracy.

2. Which center will look better? So far so good for Luke Bowanko. No errant snaps, Bowanko blocked well and committed no penalties. He maintains a slight edge over Stefen Wisniewski.

3. The defensive line rotation. The Jaguars defensive line generated no pressure against the Pittsburgh starters. That’s to be expected with Sen’Derrick Marks, Roy Miller and Jared Odrick out. Michael Bennett played well and was probably the best player on the defensive line.

4. Which running back will look best? Clearly Denard Robinson ran the football well as he displayed great vision and burst. He looks like he’s going to be more than just a one-half-year wonder.

5. How fast will they swarm to the football on defense? The Jaguars defense didn’t really stand out. The Steelers marched down the field on their only possession with Ben Roethlisberger and there seems to be a lot of work left to do.


1. The first team offense will struggle. In a surprising turn of events, the Jaguars offense played very well. The line protected well, Blake Bortles was excellent and aside from three drops, the Jaguars pass catchers did a nice job.

2. Marcedes Lewis will make a couple plays. The Jaguars veteran tight end caught just one pass for seven yards as he played sparingly.

3. Bernard Pierce will be the best back. Pierce wasn’t great, but he wasn’t terrible either. Pierce ran for 15 yards on five carries. Denard Robinson looked the best of any of the Jaguars backs as he led the team with 22 yards rushing on four carries.

4. The Steelers first-team offense will move the ball. Pittsburgh only kept their starters in for one series, and it was a productive one. Roethlisberger directed the team to an 80 yard touchdown drive in just six plays.

5. The outcome will not be favorable for the good guys. The Jaguars outplayed the Steelers for the majority of the game, and came out on top, barely. It’s more important that the Jaguars establish some sort of winning tradition and although preseason doesn’t matter on the stat-sheet, it’s still good to win.

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