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The Steelers travel to Jacksonville on Monday to seek revenge against the Jaguars. Both teams are 1-0 after the Jaguars beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, on Sunday. The Steelers will be seeking revenge for last year's overtime loss to the Jaguars at Heinz Field. Here's a closer look at the Jaguars:

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Coach Jack Del Rio keeps saying the Jaguars are one of the 10 to 12 teams that have a shot at a Super Bowl run this season. They can prove it in their first Monday night game since 2001 when they host the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

If they can knock off the Steelers, who are 0-3 playing in the heat in Jacksonville in September, they'll be off to a 2-0 start after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, in their opener. That would send them to Indianapolis for their third game for a chance to battle for the AFC South Division lead.

Even though MNF is now a cable event and the real showcase is Sunday night football, the chance to play in front of a national TV audience is still an event for the small market Jaguars, who haven't won a playoff game since the 1999 season.

But the Jaguars suffered one major setback in the victory over Dallas when defensive end Reggie Hayward was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon against Dallas. Hayward signed a five-year $25 million free agent contract with the Jaguars last season and had 8.5 sacks.

Since Marcus Stroud is playing hurt with a sore ankle, Hayward's injury was a big blow. Their top backup on the defensive line, Rob Meier, is a defensive tackle who can play end. But he'll need to play more at tackle because Stroud played only about half the game Sunday on his tender ankle.

It was surprising that Stroud was able to play at all because he was on crutches on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury on Wednesday.

Veteran Marcellus Wiley also can play end and the Jaguars are likely to activate Bobby McCray, a third-year player who was inactive against Dallas.

The Jaguars were able to keep pressure on Drew Bledsoe in the second half even after Hayward went out in the third period. Even though they sacked Bledsoe only twice, they kept enough pressure on him to keep him from getting in a rhythm.

"We rattled him," Henderson said. "It was kind of like he had to find somebody real fast. Some of the balls were high (because) he was trying to get it out of there quick."

This is the second consecutive year the Jaguars have lost a defensive starter early in the year for the season. Last year, strong safety Donovin Darius was lost for the season in the second game with a torn ACL.

He's also the second starter they've lost this year with a season- ending injury. Running back Greg Jones was lost for the season two weeks ago with a torn ACL and will undergo surgery Tuesday.

REPLAY

Quarterback Byron Leftwich and his young receivers got in a groove to spark the offense as the Jaguars rallied from a 10-0 first period deficit to beat the Cowboys, 24-17.

Leftwich passed for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for one on a draw play while the three young receivers (Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and Ernest Wilford) combined for 14 catches. They showed the team could overcome the loss of Jimmy Smith.

When the game started, it had the look of being the T.O. show. Terrell Owens caught a 13-yard pass on the Cowboys' first play and an eight-yard pass on their third play.

Five plays later, Julius Jones burst 23 yards for a touchdown and Dallas kicker Shaun Suisham added a 32-yard field goal on the next series for a 10-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars struggled in the first quarter when the Cowboys had a 125-16 edge in yardage. But the Cowboys missed a pair of opportunities to take a big lead early in the second period when Anthony Henry dropped an interception and then on the next drive, Drew Bledsoe overthrew Owens when he was open deep.

As it turned out, Owens wound up catching only four passes the rest of the game, finishing with six catches for 80 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown catch in the fourth period after the Jaguars had a two touchdown lead.

The Jaguars also were helped by a questionable decision by Dallas coach Bill Parcells when the Jaguars were trailing 10-3 with 1:43 left in the first half and facing a 2nd-and-20 play at the Dallas 36.

Instead of running the ball twice and punting to go into the locker room with a touchdown lead, Parcells gave Bledsoe the green light to throw. The pass was intercepted by Rashean Mathis, who ran it back 16 yards to the Dallas 32. Five plays later, Reggie Williams, who had only one touchdown catch in his first two seasons, caught a six-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone with seven seconds remaining in the half to tie the game, 10-10, at halftime.

The third period was scoreless as both Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and Suisham missed field goals and the Jaguars then put the game away with two touchdowns in the final period. The defense wound up forcing three Bledsoe interceptions and cashed in two of them for touchdowns.

PLAYER NOTES

--DE Reggie Hayward was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

--DT Marcus Stroud played against Dallas with a tender ankle, but had only one tackle. He was on crutches Thursday but managed to play half the game.

--TE Marcedes Lewis, the team's top draft pick, sat out the Dallas game with a high ankle sprain.

--MLB Mike Peterson, recovering from a Grade 2 sprained MCL, played against Dallas and had six tackles and an interception.

--QB Byron Leftwich passed for 237 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown and had one interception against Dallas.

--RB Fred Taylor ran 21 times for 74 yards against Dallas.


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