The crowd is also leaning toward the over, with 71 percent leaning toward a total above 43 points. The Jaguars could be in for a very long day at Heinz Field.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will try to bounce back after falling to the New York Jets in overtime in week 4 by a final score of 23-20 to even up their record at 2-2 this season.
The Jaguars will win if: They cover like they have been and if they run running back Leonard Fournette. Last week the Jets ran up and down the field against the Jags for 256 yards. The unit does have 18 sacks and 10 turnovers. Further, as charted by Football Outsiders, they are especially stingy against their opponents' No. 1 receivers, on average limiting them to only 32.6 yards per game. He needs to get healthy and catch the ball on a consistent basis for Jacksonville to re-sign him. They sacked Joe Flacco four times, recorded nine tackles for a loss and picked off Flacco twice.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 26-9 win over the Ravens last week to improve to 3-1 on the season. But Jacksonville's run defense is dead last in the league, allowing 165.5 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry. Brown was taken to task by Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin after throwing a fit as part of a four-catch, 34-yard performance. He finished with one touchdown and one interception, but completed just 15 of 35 passes.
The number one task for the Jags will be to shut down the best running back in the NFL, Le'veon Bell. Gilbert is the only player listed on the team's official Week 5 injury report on Friday with a doubtful designation.
The Steelers rank 25th overall in third-down conversion (19-of-52), sandwiched between the Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. Strong has been barely practicing while Linder has only played 36 out of 52 career games this year. "I think we'll be fine". Jackson and Campbell will both be doing their best to penetrate the Steelers' offensive line, and Maurkice Pouncey is going to be one of the key pieces responsible for stopping them. Pittsburgh is a completely different team at home than on the road, and with their defense playing at a high level, it will be hard for Jacksonville to stay within eight in this one. I would fully expect the betting public to lay off of the Steelers, due to the amount of points they have to give up, but do not be fooled.