These two franchises couldn't be on further ends of the NFL spectrum. The visiting Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-0 which is the best start ever in their illustrious franchise. Illustrious unfortunately can't be the adjective that describes the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. They have lost their last eight games after winning in a surprising upset against the Indianapolis Colts to open the season.
Remember that divisional round in the 2017-18 playoffs against the Steelers and Jaguars, where Jacksonville pulled off an incredible upset in Pittsburgh to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship? You'd be forgiven if you don't. It feels like a lifetime ago. Then Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles is now on the practice squad of a very bad Denver Broncos team. Their best offensive player in that 2017 season Leonard Fournette is now the second option at running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Steelers lost their best offensive players from that year in Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell and they seem stronger for it sporting the league's best record. It's the difference between a historically well-run franchise and a team that just can't seem to sustain any success. The bad thing for the Jaguars is they probably won't even get the number one pick for next year's draft. Barring any miracles, the New York Jets will probably be winless and be setup perfectly to pick Trevor Lawrence number one overall. But if the Jags get the second pick they just may be in luck. This will be a strong upcoming QB class and Ohio State's Justin Fields could be the answer to their longstanding woes at the position.
Right now the Jaguars have quarterbacks Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton. Both were sixth-round picks in the last two drafts. Minshew may have won over the hearts of Jags fans with his signature stache but he cannot be considered the long term answer going forward. He can't even be considered the short term answer because he is dealing with a thumb injury that will keep him out of the lineup in this one. Luton will take the reins and if he continues to play like he did last week against the Green Bay Packers, he could take over for the rest of the season and beyond.
Luton led the Jaguars to a lead in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field noless. The Jags had the ball on the last drive of the game well in Packers' territory with an opportunity to win it but Luton got sacked twice to end the game. He didn't have amazing stats going 18-35 for 169 yards with a TD and a pick. He kept them in the game the entire time though and if he can make steady improvements against the Steelers, it will determine who will be the starting QB the rest of the season.
The biggest reason the Jaguars were able to surprisingly hang with one of the NFL's best teams last week is because they put together a complete team effort. On special teams, Keelan Cole Sr. ran back a 91-yard punt return. The defense held the mighty Packers offense to just 24 points and forced two turnovers.
Finally, their offense was run solely through running back James Robinson. He had a tremendous game rushing for 109 yards. His previous two games he rushed for 99 yards and a score against Houston and 119 and a score against the LA Chargers. All of this has to be the formula and precisely replicated against the Steelers if they're going to have any shot at doing the impossible and pull off this upset.
What TV Channel is Steelers-Jaguars on?
Steelers-Jaguars will be shown on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Steelers-Jaguars
When: Sunday, November 22
Where: TIAA Bank Field - Jacksonville, FL
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is under no illusion that the Jaguars can't pull off this win. He said this week that the Steelers weren't some BIG-10 team playing a MAC team. This guy just doesn't believe in trap games. This club is great because they prepare for every opponent the same, no matter their record and won't be looking ahead to next week's marquee matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Besides, the Steelers visited a terrible Dallas team two weeks ago who is on their fourth quarterback of the season and narrowly escaped with a victory in the last seconds of the game.
This team knows almost better than any that they can be vulnerable in any game no matter how dismal their opponents record is. QB Ben Roethlisberger had something to say about his coach's analogy though as he played for Miami-OH who plays in the Mid-American Conference. Regardless of the friendly analogy, the Steelers will be ready and should remain the league's last unbeaten team.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds
Steelers Odds: -10.5
Jaguars Odds: +10.5
Money Line: Steelers -550 - Jaguars +425