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NFL Predictions Week 5: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers Picks, Predictions, and Odds 10/08/17

Fournette will need to have a big game in order for the Jaguars to win. While the Steelers (3-2) took the lead twice, the Jaguars (3-2) never allowed Pittsburgh to get into the end zone on their own home field.

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week 26-9, and while there's plenty of blame to go around for the terrible loss, a fair bit of that falls on the shoulders of quarterback Joe Flacco, because he just looked bad out there. He was sacked two times as well. Artie Burns and Joe Haden should have a nice day, with the possibility of an interception or two between them. "[Jags RB] Chris Ivory is the same way".

Bryant has been one of Ben Roethlisberger's top targets this season with 10 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown. Also, Jaelen Strong (wide receiver) is out due to a hamstring injury.

But that's a problem the Jaguars will probably face all season. Takeaways led directly to the first three Jacksonville touchdowns Sunday. Even though his TD to INT ratio doesn't look all that bad, seven TDs to three INTs, he still is only completing 54% of his passes and only averaging 179 passing yards per game this season.

The easiest way to beat the Jaguars is by forcing quarterback Blake Bortles to beat you. The Jaguars struggle to defend the run, which should open the door for the Steelers to follow a similar plan at Heinz Field. Amazingly, against the 32nd-ranked run defense in the National Football League, the Steelers opted to throw the ball 55 times, compared with 19 called running plays. A stellar performance by your defense and 181 yards and two touchdowns from your stud rookie running back, Fournette, goes a long way. They scratched and clawed their way back into the game late in the 4th, but a Chandler Catanzaro FG crushed their efforts in the OT period as time almost expired.

The Jaguars are 2-2, tied for first in the AFC South and have outscored opponents 109 to 74. The bettors are against the Steelers covering the spread however; with a 60-40 split in favor of the underdogs, the Jacksonville Jaguars. They showed that clearly in a 30-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Offense: The Jaguars have the 17th-ranked offense in the NFL. But then it can also be a team that struggles to move the ball with Bortles and makes egregious errors. The underdog has covered in eight of the previous nine meetings - and the only favorite cover in that stretch came in their last meeting in 2014, when Pittsburgh prevailed 17-9 as a six-point fave. Pittsburgh was eventually forced to punt. The play calling was very mature at that point. Antonio Brown will see plenty of balls, but look for JuJu Smith-Schuster to be a prime target underneath. Boswell's 34-yard field goal with:03 remaining in the second quarter made it 7-6 at halftime.

Linder, who signed the largest contract ever given to a center this summer, has led a much improved offensive line this season. On the first one, Flacco ran a play-action bootleg trying to lob a pass to tight end Benjamin Watson running a flat route. Roethlisberger was picked off by Church on the fourth play of the drive. Myers missed the extra point.

The Jaguars' defense continued to provide pressure on their third-straight series. After admitting that the coaches probably outsmarted themselves last week, the Jaguars were dedicated to the running game.

Those were the second and third interceptions thrown by Roethlisberger on the afternoon. Shazier and Williams play the two inside linebacker spots. The team had scored on its first possession in each of the past four games.

Jaguars: Host the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday. Jacksonville now has 10 interceptions through five games.

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