Happy Friday to all of yinz once again.
Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field and that’s a game they’re heavily favored to win. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has also only lost one game at home during the month of October during his long career so odds are good the team will be 4-1 on Sunday.
As for the Steelers all-time series with the Jaguars, I’ve actually attended one of those games. It was the 1996 Week 1 game in Jacksonville and the Steelers lost to the Jaguars 24-9. During that game, Steelers outside linebacker Greg Lloyd suffered a serious knee injury that would ultimately sideline him for the remainder of the season. That game also featured quarterback Jim Miller making his first start for the Steelers and he was pulled halfway through it after completing just 9 passes on 17 attempts for 83 yards. It wound up being the only game he would start for the Steelers.
Moving on, I once again have five questions that I would like answered during this Friday night and I hope several of you can take time to do just that in the comments below.
Have a great weekend and peace and love to all of yinz.
1 – How many rushing attempts will rookie running back James Conner have in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars?
2 – Will Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison once again be inactive on Sunday against the Jaguars even though he appears to be over his recent illness?
3 – Which Steelers player will score the team’s last touchdown against the Jaguars?
4 – How many rushing yards will the Jaguars running backs have against the Steelers base 3-4 defense on Sunday?
5 – If a backup quarterback enters Sunday’s game, which one is it most-likely to be: Chad Henne or Landry Jones?
Question 1 – Justin Hunter did dress against the Ravens and caught his first regular season pass as a Steeler for 5 yards. That was his only catch so the 24 readers who said ‘no’ got a point.
Question 2 – 29 of 41 respondents correctly predicted that Eli Rogers would be inactive if Justin Hunter played. Ten folks thought Darrius Heyward-Bey would be the odd man out but based on coach Tomlin’s comments the muffed punt is what earned Eli a break. Special team’s play does have a value.
Question 3 – Ben was well under 244 yards passing giving 24 folks a point.
Question 4 – 32 optimists said the Antonio Brown would return punt for more than 20 yards. Antonio did return two punts but the nine realists won the day as his longest return was for nine yards.
Question 5 – It came to within a touchdown and a two-point conversion to go over; but the 26-9 score awarded a point to the 33 people who said ‘under.’
Congratulations to Matt Manzo, Jeff McNeil, Shane Mitchell, SJT63, Johnny Loose, heath miller, & Steel-on-Target. These seven all aced last week’s questions and gained five points.
After week 4 season leaderboard:
1st Reader783 with 12 points (Reader & Alan have been going back & forth for 1st the last couple weeks)
2nd AlanTman with 11 points
3rd Jeff McNeil & SJT63 with 10 points
5th Matt Manzo & Michael Mosgrove with 9 points
7th Marcel Chris Chauvet; Jeff Papiernik; Darth Blount47; Chris92021 & Beaver Falls Hosiery with 8 points
12th Phil Brennenman II with 7.5 (last year’s overall winner)