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Steelers Digest November 30, 2018

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


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a vintage big ben comeback

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There is a difference between playing quarterback and being the quarterback. In Week 11, Ben Roethlisberger once again showed us the difference. It wasn’t long into the grudge match against the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field that it became obvious Roethlisberger didn’t have it. Not his usual accuracy. Not his typical command. Not the feel for the game, his receivers, and the opposing defense that often intersect and result in the kind of performance he put together some 10 days earlier against the Carolina Panthers, as one example. There have been a bunch of outings similar to that perfect night on Roethlisberger’s resume, and Steelers fans have come to know them when they see them, but what everyone was watching originate from northern Florida was the polar opposite. In…

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breaking down the jacksonville game; talking about the challenges of playing on the road

Man, it was a really, really awesome fight. The bottom line in our business is winning, and we took care of business. Style points were quite ugly or few, but we got the job done. You just grow when you’re faced with adversity like this in a hostile environment and you’re not playing great but you find ways to get it done. From that standpoint, I’m really excited. Obviously we have some lessons to learn that can potentially be duplicated. You have to tip your cap to (the Jacksonville Jaguars), particularly their defense, because they controlled the play for the better part of the day. We got a big play, and it got us back into it. Also, I tip a cap to our defense. They were put into some…

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steelers 20 | jaguars 16

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 1:07 p.m. – What Went Right: Chris Boswell slipped on the approach to the opening kickoff, which resulted in a bouncing ball that allowed the Jaguars to begin their opening series at the 31-yard line. After one first down, the Steelers defense held with Blake Bortles’ incomplete pass on third-and-4 forcing a punt that ended up being a touchback. 1:12 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers went three-and-out on their first series, with Ben Roethlisberger getting stoned for no gain on an attempted quarterback sneak on third-and-1. Jordan’s Berry’s 51-yard punt was fair-caught, and the Jaguars started at their own 20-yard line with 10:14 left in the first quarter. 1:16 p.m. – What Went Right: On third-and-1 on Jacksonville’s second offensive series, Leonard Fournette was out…

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by the numbers - vs. jacksonville

40 Career games with at least 100 receiving yards for Antonio Brown, making him the fourth active player with that many. He joined Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones. 6 Ben Roethlisberger reached the 3,000-yard mark for the season, making him the sixth quarterback in NFL history with at least 10 consecutive 3,000-yard seasons. He joined Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. 261 Passing yards for Ben Roethlisberger in the second half, the ninth time in his career he passed for 250 yards or more after halftime. 65.4 Ben Roethlisberger’s passer rating, his lowest in a Steelers victory since Dec. 11, 2016 when he posted a 37.8 in a 27-20 victory against the Buffalo Bills. 4 Sacks for the Steelers in the second half, the same total of…

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javon hargrave

It’s said that a 3-4 defense cannot stop the run without a space-eating nose tackle. The Jaguars rushed for 179 yards and averaged 4.2 per carry, but there can be little argument that Javon Hargrave had an outstanding game in the Steelers’ 20-16 victory at TIAA Bank Field. Hargrave had four tackles, plus two of the Steelers’ six sacks, and during the Steelers’ frantic comeback in the fourth quarter he batted down a pass on a third-and-11 to get the defense off the field and the ball back to the offense. Hargrave is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.…

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defense delivers in second half

Gashed, and gashed again, were the Pittsburgh Steelers by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rampaging first-half performance led by Leonard Fournette. But the Steelers defense hung together, persevered, and, as Mike Tomlin put it, “didn’t erode” in the second half to provide time for the offense to break out of its classic Jaguars funk and roar back for an improbable 20-16 win in Jacksonville. It appeared as if the Jaguars defense would make all the headlines and highlight shows on that Sunday night — until about 1:41 remained in the first half. That’s about when Javon Hargrave sacked Blake Bortles to force the first of two Jaguars 3-and-outs to end the half. While the Steelers finished strong, it was a brutal half for the defense, which had allowed more rushing yards (148) in…