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Rapid Recap- Jaguars defense dominates Steelers in romp

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Once could be considered a fluke. Twice is a developing trend. Three games in your first five, where your defense dominates? That means it looks legit.

The Jaguars defense is legit.

Sunday in Pittsburgh, they intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times in a runaway 30-9 win.

First, Jacksonville established the ground game in the first half with rookie Leonard Fournette who took in the game’s first touchdown on this “up and over:”

That capped a quick 47 yard drive and gave the Jags a 7-3 lead.

The rest belonged to Jacksonville’s defense which repeatedly pressured and intercepted Roethlisberger on their way to wiping out the Steelers.

Big Ben threw into coverage and Telvin Smith made him pay:

It was the first of back to back “pick sixes” the Jaguars would turn in, as Barry Church intercepted Roethlisberger just over two minutes later and he likewise ran it in from 51 yards out and a shocking 20-9 advantage late in the third.

From there Jacksonville simply clamped down and intercepted the Steelers perennial Pro Bowl QB two more times in the second half and built the lead to 23-9. The five interception day is the worst of Roethlisberger’s career.

Then, with the ball one more time inside the two minute warning deep in their own end, the #4 overall pick, Fournette, did the rest:

The 90 yard run by Fournette is the longest run from scrimmage for a TD in the NFL to this point in the season (through the early Sunday games) and provide the perfect exclamation point for the Jaguars.

Those 90 yards gave Fournette 181 on 28 carries on the day. His third 100 yard rushing day of the season already.

The Jags are now 3-2 with three easy wins over Houston, Baltimore (in London) and Pittsburgh on Sunday that are all attributed to their defense overwhelming the opponent. Jacksonville defensive coordinator Todd Wash and his staff deserve credit for their tremendous play so far.

The Jags will return home to play another surprising team, the L.A. Rams next Sunday.

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