If the Steelers were able to convert on those red-zone opportunities, it would at that point have been a 21-7 game, rather than 9-7, and things would have looked rather different.
With neither team appearing to suffer any serious injuries last week, Sunday should be an entertaining battle behind two of the league's best young tailbacks. It's easy to assume the Jaguars will look at the Bears game for a blueprint on how to beat the Steelers.
Since then, Roethlisberger has called out his star receiver, saying publicly that Brown's behavior was a "distraction", one for which Brown has since apologized. In speaking for the Jags, they've shot themselves in the foot numerous times due to a lack of discipline. "Now you kind of have an understanding of where you are and where you want to get to". Stop it. We're up to that. When asked about Bradford's ability to play, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer replied: "We'll see". Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers' offense is still finding its footing early in the season, but comes into this one with a 3-1 record - and a significant advantage when it comes to their run game, if last week's strategy is any indication. He continued his stellar play, rushing the rock 24 times for 86 yards.
Bell was patient while scanning for running lanes and explosive when he found them. They can get to the edge and make cuts vertically.
Expect a close game, based on a heavy rush attack and some solid defense. They have run the ball well behind Leonard Fournette, who has 285 yards and three scores. But at the end of it all, the Steelers should have too much to keep Jacksonville relevant for an entire 60 minutes. Pittsburgh is also 2-2 against the spread on the season, but 1-0 ATS at home.
The flip side of the Jaguars defense is that they are giving up the fewest yards through the air, only 147 per game. Admittedly, Ben Roethlisberger hasn't played up to his normal standards, but he can go off at any time. Fournette has lived up to his preseason hype and has easily been Jacksonville's most effective offensive weapon, whether it's running the ball or taking short passes and turning them into big gains.
If you do have an option, it's probably better to let Hurns sit on the bench. Pittsburgh is still looking to get into an offensive rhythm but has held opponents to just 14.8 points per game - second-fewest in the National Football League - despite playing three of its first four games on the road.
After four games Jacksonville has the number one ranked pass defense. "It's also within the conscious of offense and other guys", said Roethlisberger. He's a guy who doesn't shy away from contact at all.
Will last week's dust up carry over into today's game?