Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 11/18/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm (TIAA Bank Field)
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars +5.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars square off in week 11 NFL action from TIAA Bank Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look for another notch to add to their current 5 game winning streak after a 52-21 rout of the Carolina Panthers in their last outing. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,888 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while James Conner has rushed for 771 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the Steelers with 762 receiving yards along with 56 catches and 3 touchdowns, while Antonio Brown leads Pittsburgh’s receiving corps with 57 catches and 10 touchdowns along with 690 receiving yards this season. Defensively, T.J. Watt leads the Steelers with 8 sacks while Jon Bostic leads the Steelers with 35 tackles this season. As a team, Pittsburgh sits 4th in the NFL in total yardage, putting up 419.9 yards of total offense per game in addition to 314.2 passing yards per game, good for 3rd in the league. The Steelers also have the 4th-highest scoring offense in the NFL, putting up 31 points per game this season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be eager to snap a 5 game losing streak after losing 6 of their last 7 games with a 29-26 loss to Indianapolis in their last outing. Blake Bortles has thrown for 2,341 yards, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 61.3% passing while T.J. Yeldon has rushed for 346 yards this season and caught a team-high 42 passes this season. Donte Moncrief has 32 catches for a team-high 477 receiving yards, while Dede Westbrook has 38 catches for 465 yards with each having 3 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue each have a team-high 5 sacks while Telvin Smith Jr. leads Jacksonville with 55 tackles this season. As a team, Jacksonville is averaging 359.4 yards of total offense and 17.8 points per game this season.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 road games against a team with a losig home record. Jacksonville is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games against the AFC. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
As if things couldn’t get worse for the Jags, they’ve lost 5 straight and 6 of 7 and the defense that was feared coming into the season simply can’t keep points off of the board, and the offense is struggling to keep up. Sure, Jacksonville hung around with Indianapolis last week, but it was the first time during their losing streak that Jacksonville broke the 20 point barrier. And now you expect me to give them the benefit of the doubt against one of the hottest teams in the league in the Steelers? Not gonna happen. Pittsburgh is rolling right now and should be able to ride their offense to another win and cover here so I’ll lay the points with the Steelers in this one.