By Darrell Baker
The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) looked impressive as they smothered the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field.
Beating the Steelers for the first time in ten years, the Jaguars picked off Ben Roethlisberger five times, sacked him twice and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Jaguars defense had a single-game record of five interceptions – Tashaun Gipson two, and Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith and Barry Church each with one.
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette made the Steelers defense pay dearly for attempting to tackle him high to the tune of 181 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, including a 90-yard burst into a wide-open field from the line of scrimmage with just two minutes left to play in the 4th quarter.
Entering the game as a 7½ point underdog, the Jags are over .500 after five games for the first time since 2010. The Jaguars made the most of defensive takeaways, creating points out of turnovers. A two-yard touchdown run by Fournette which was a touchdown setup with an interception by Jalen Ramsey in the 1st quarter gave Jacksonville a 7-3 lead.
Telvin Smith intercepted a Roethlisberger pass intended for wide receiver Antonio Brown in the third quarter for a 28-yard pick-six. Again, as Roethlisberger tried to hit Brown, Jalen Ramsey deflected it and Church came down with it, scoring later on a 51-yard sprint, making it 20-9. Late in the 4th quarter, Tashaun Gipson made a leap for another interception to extinguish any hopes of a comeback and bring the haul to five interceptions on the day.
Next game: The Jaguars host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, October 15, at Everbank Field.