Steelers’ Four Interceptions Silence Jaguars in 27-3 Win
The Jacksonville Jaguars scored three points on their opening drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.
They did not score again.
The Pittsburgh defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way after allowing the early three points, harassing rookie backup quarterback Jake Luton throughout on the way to an easy 27-3 victory and a 10-0 start to the 2020 season.
They sacked Luton twice, extending their franchise-record sack streak, and intercepted him four times, with safeties Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick each picking off a pair.
The Steelers offense did just enough, with Diontae Johnson helping move the chains with 12 catches for 111 yards and Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron contributing touchdowns of 31 and 20 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger finished with 267 yards on 32 of 46 passing for the two scores, but also cost his team three points with a late first-half interception.
The Steelers tied the game with a 44-yard Chris Boswell field goal in the second quarter before Claypool’s score put them up for good. Claypool’s score was his 10th, the best 10-game pace for a rookie receiver in the Super Bowl Era.
Benny Snell added a late second quarter touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Boswell added three more in the fourth after a scoreless and listless third period and Roethlisberger’s strike to Ebron capped the victory.
James Conner finished with 89 yards on 13 carries as the team largely attempted to establish the run more than they had in the previous few wins.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was banged up late in the game, while tight end Zach Gentry left early and did not return.
Bud Dupree and Stephon Tuitt had the sacks for the Steelers defense. Tuitt also forced a fumble. Vince Williams led the way with four tackles.
The 10-0 Steelers will move forward on a short week of work. They’ll host the third-place Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on Thanksgiving night at 8:20 p.m.