What We Learned: Jaguars vs. Steelers

The biggest thing that we learned from the Jaguars game at Pittsburgh is that Jacksonville can handle football in any type of weather. Garrard didn't have a great game, the special teams was bad, tackling was average, and the Jaguars lost the turnover battle.

The Jaguars still dominated the game with nearly a 2:1 yardage advantage, and the Jaguars were clearly better than the Steelers on Sunday without playing anything near their best game.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

    1. Stop the pass. Although the Jaguars allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for three touchdowns, they held the Steelers passing game to just 106 net yards. The Jaguars benefited partly from the winds, but played well up front as well as in the secondary.

    2. Play snow-ball. The Jaguars beat the Steelers at their own game. Jacksonville out-rushed Pittsburgh 224-111, and had more than a 15 minute time of possession advantage.

    3. Win special teams. The Jaguars special teams was close to dreadful Sunday, as they didn't convert on two extra-point attempts, and averaged just 29 yards per punt, to Pittsburgh's 40.9 yards per punt.

    4. Don't free Willie. Steelers running back Willie Parker became the first running back since opening day to run for 100 yards against the Jaguars, but they did manage to keep him out of the end zone.

    5. Cover Heath Miller in the red zone. Miller caught one touchdown, and dropped another. The Jaguars did manage to hold him to just two catches for 24 yards overall.

What we looked for:

    1. Look for a big day from James Harrison. Harrison was blocked well by the Jaguars line, and registered just five tackles.

    2. Look for Garrard on the run. The Jaguars quarterback ran when he had to and picked up eight yards on just four attempts, including a big first down on a fourth down attempt.

    3. Look for a lot of Jaguars runs to the right. The Jaguars ran the ball to the right, to the left, and up the middle. They found great success against a soft Pittsburgh defense.

    4. Look for a Heath Miller touchdown. Heath Miller got the Steelers on the board early with an 18-yard touchdown reception, and he later dropped another potential touchdown.

    5. Look for a big play by Matt Jones. Matt Jones made two nice catches for 25 yards, one of which went for a first down.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.



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