Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 10/8/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 44 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in NFL action at Heinz Field.
The Jacksonville Jaguars look to avoid back-to-back losses to get a game above a .500 record. The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost seven of their last eight road games. Blake Bortles is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 732 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Bortles has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee have combined for 345 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Leonard Fournette has 12 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 148.8 yards per contest, and Fournette leads the way with 285 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 18.5 points and 312.5 yards per game. Myles Jack leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 33 tackles, Calais Campbell has 5.5 sacks and A.J. Bouye has two interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to remain unbeaten at home to build on their 3-1 start to the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 957 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 12 games. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant have combined for 571 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jesse James has 15 receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 95 yards per contest, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 324 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 14.8 points and 267 yards per game. Ryan Shazier leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 37 tackles, Anthony Chickillo has three sacks and T.J. Watt has one interception.
The Jaguars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. AFC and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games in October, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 5. The Jaguars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings and underdog is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Jaguars have shown they're capable of winning games this season when you least expect it and the Steelers already have one bad loss on their record. However, I can't back the Jags after losing to the Jets. We also have to question just how good the Jags are, as their first victory came against the Texans when they had no quarterback and were emotional fresh off Hurricane Harvey, and they beat the Ravens in London where all sort of weird things happen and they play on a soccer field. The Steelers last two victories have been by double digits and the defense has really stepped up. Bortles is going to struggle with his quick reads and likely throw an interception or two. I'll take Pittsburgh by double digits as more of a fade from Jacksonville than anything else.