Not A Chance

The Jaguars had beaten the Steelers four consecutive times and became the first team last year ever to beat the Steelers twice in Pittsburgh in the same year. What made them think they could beat them again?

They thought they had a chance to beat Pittsburgh again Sunday night because the Steelers were down to their third running back, Mewelde Moore, as their first two running backs were hurt. And he was running behind a patchwork line that had allowed 16 sacks.

The Jaguars had beaten the Steelers four consecutive times and became the first team last year ever to beat the Steelers twice in Pittsburgh in the same year.

They thought they had a chance to beat Pittsburgh again Sunday night because the Steelers were down to their third running back, Mewelde Moore, as their first two running backs were hurt. And he was running behind a patchwork line that had allowed 16 sacks.

The Jaguars, who had only five sacks in the first four games, figured if they could stuff the run, they could put heat on Ben Roethlisberger.

Instead, Moore gained 99 yards against the Jaguars defense, and Roethlisberger, although he was sacked three times, still threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars continued to have problems running the ball.

Fred Taylor gained only 19 yards on 10 carries, and Maurice Jones-Drew had just 7 yards on five carries.

Coach Jack Del Rio said the Steelers didn't do it with scheme.

"They whipped blocks and made plays. There wasn't any magic out there. They won the line of scrimmage, they shed and swarmed and tackled well. I didn't see any missed tackles tonight on their defensive unit, particularly with their run defense," he said.

Del Rio also said, "I think one of the big differences in the game, they really totally eliminated our running game, they really did. They did a good job of clogging things up and never letting anything pop. I don't know what the longest gain of the night was, but it wasn't long (David Garrard had an 8-yard scramble, while Taylor's 6-yard run was the longest for a running back). And certainly that's one of things we're pretty good at popping, at least getting a few good runs in there. We weren't able to do that."

The Jaguars are now 2-3 as they go to Denver before the bye week.

If they can't pop some runs against the porous Denver defense, they could be 2-4 at the break.


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