Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Things That Need To Happen To Avoid Let Down vs Jaguars
The Steelers went into halftime with a 21-3 lead and never let up in the second half, eventually winning the game 38-17.
After looking like they could do nothing right against the Texans, it was great to see such a complete win versus the Titans one week later.
In Week 6, the Steelers should not have a problem with the Jacksonville Jaguars, although, here are five things the team needs to do to avoid a letdown after such a big win.
Stop Maurice Jones-Drew
Excluding the first play of the game where Chris Johnson had a 21-yard run, the Steelers held the running back to 31 yards rushing for the rest of the game.
This was after getting torched on the ground by Arian Foster for 155 rushing yards a week prior and looking bad three out of the four previous weeks in total.
Now, the Steelers have an equally difficult task against the Jaguars this week and need to stop Maurice Jones-Drew.
Pressure the Rookie
Against the Titans, the pass rush looked better, however, it still does not look like the same rush the Steelers usually deploy at quarterbacks.
Losing James Harrison hurts, although the team was already struggling to get to the quarterback, and I have big expectations for Lawrence Timmons after switching to the outside.
The Jaguars are ranked dead last in the league in passing yards per game with rookie Blaine Gabbert and only scored 20 points once, which was last week in a loss to the Bengals.
Keep Running the Ball
Rashard Mendenhall started the first four weeks of the season, and the Steelers struggled to get anything on the ground consistently.
With Rashard hurt and not playing against the Titans, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer took the load and the team ran for a season-high 174 yards.
The offensive line needs to keep up blocking, however, Rashard needs to continue what Redman and Dwyer started when he comes back and give the Steelers offense the advantage of a running game.
Keep Protecting Ben
Through the first quarter of the season, the Steelers offensive line showed an inability to block anything that moved on the defensive side of the ball.
They finally re-signed Max Starks, and all of a sudden, the line only gives up one sack and one quarterback hit on Ben Roethlisberger.
To have any kind of consistency on offense, the Steelers, especially Ben, need the offensive line to keep it up and keep him off the ground.
Ben Keep Throwing Touchdowns
Even though the offensive line was terrible before playing the Titans, Ben was turning the ball over at an alarming rate whether with an interception or fumble.
This week, he did throw one interception, however, that was with about 10 seconds left in the first half, and then, he went on to throw five touchdown passes for the game.
Ben needs to be efficient with the ball and needs to carry over the momentum of his five-touchdown day into this week versus the Jaguars.