Steelers offense faces tough test in stout Jacksonville pass defense


The two will take the field against each other on Sunday afternoon with the Steelers hosting the Jaguars at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh hasn't looked "great" per se, but they have played well enough to be 3-1. They now lead the league in sacks, with Campbell's five and a half leading the way. They would have an increased role on offense against the Steelers if Lee can't play.

The Jaguars have benefited from both of these offseason additions. Fournette has been the workhorse the Jaguars envisioned, but remain mostly one dimensional on offense.

The Jaguars built a lead, thanks in large part to the defense. He has also been credited with five pass defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovered.

Sunday's loss to the Jaguars punctuates a five-game sample from which troubling trends are emerging about what previously had been a high-powered attack. 2016 addition Malik Jackson gives them a quality defensive tackle, rounding out a solid front. The unit does have 18 sacks and 10 turnovers. The Jaguars continued to smash into the Steelers' defense with five consecutive runs.

But the defense has been consistently strong throughout the season for Jacksonville and did most of the Jaguars' scoring by itself with touchdowns on back-to-back drives. Terrell Watson may get a few handoffs outside of short yardage situations as well. The Texans are coming off a 57-14 annihilation of Tennessee, evening their record and moving them into a tie with the Jaguars and Titans atop the AFC South. But in Week 2 the Titans were good for 390 yards, including 179 yards on the ground, and the Jets bettered those numbers on Sunday: 471 total yards and 256 rushing yards.

Along with Antonio Brown and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bryant helps comprise one of the nicer receiving corps in the NFL.

The 25-year-old attended the University of Southern California and was chosen by the Jaguars in the second round (39th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Their success comes from generating pressure without having to blitz, allowing linebackers the freedom to roam.

Brown, of course, had himself a little tirade on the sidelines after just four catches for 34 yards. But that means the Steelers have to stop Fournette. Fournette's capable of catching passes as well, however, Between T.J.

-RB Leonard Fournette vs. Steelers LBs Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams.

Bortles has limited options in the passing game. Gipson registered two interceptions in the fourth quarter.

Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.