The Jaguars were missing three starters on defense, but they still put the heat on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as they sacked him five times in a 29-22 victory.
The Jaguars, who ranked 23rd in sacks per pass play going into the game, got two sacks from reserve Brent Hawkins and one each from Paul Spicer, Bobby McCray and John Henderson. Hawkins had just 1.5 sacks in his first 11 games.
Spicer now leads the team with 7.5 sacks while McCray got his first of the year and Henderson got his second.
The Jaguars have lost Stroud for the season with an ankle injury while Hayward, who's missed the last two games, is out with a groin injury and Peterson, who has missed the last four, has a broken hand.
Still, the Jaguars not only sacked Roethlisberger five times, but they hit him six times and didn't let him get in a rhythm. Roethlisberger was playing with a sore shoulder.
Explaining the good pass rush, coach Jack Del Rio said, "We played a little better. What happened in the first 12 weeks, 13 weeks, 14 weeks now doesn't have a lot to do with how we're going to do going forward," he said.
McCray said, "We just got after them, man. We were real hungry. Everybody was hungry."
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