What We Learned Against Pittsburgh

It's now time to compare how our keys to the game actually played out in the Jaguars disappointing 26-21 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Five most important things for the Jaguars:

1. Pressure the passer. The Jaguars were able to rattle Ben Roethlisberger a bit, but they couldn't get home when the game was on the line. Jacksonville recorded three sacks.

2. Finish the job. The Jaguars defense gave up the lead late in the game once again, but this time the offense couldn't bail them out.

3. Run it anyway. The Steelers made it a point to stop the Jacksonville rushing attack, and the Jaguars had just 38 yards on 19 attempts.

4. Special teams must be special. The Jaguars didn't make any big plays on special teams, as the Steelers coverage units were very solid.

5. Tackle. The Jaguars defense tackled better than they did in the playoffs a year ago, but they still missed plenty of stops.

What to look for:

1. Look for Heath Miller in the end zone. Miller is turning into a Jaguars-killer, as he routinely caught passes over the middle, and indeed caught a touchdown pass. Miller finished with five catches for 45 yards.

2. Look for blitzes from everywhere, from both teams. The Jaguars didn't take as many chances with their secondary being decimated by injuries, but Pittsburgh brought pressure throughout the game and registered three sacks.

3. Look for three interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger threw the only pick of the game, which Steeler-killer Rashean Mathis returned 72 yards for a touchdown.

4. Look for trick plays by the Steelers. Pittsburgh didn't need any trickery, as they dominated on both sides of the football.

5. Look for Freddy T. to go over 100 yards. There was no ground game to speak of for the Jaguars, and Taylor gained just 19 yards on 10 carries.


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