Behind Enemy Lines: Week 5 Q&A with Steelers Wire

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Roethlisberger spearheaded a decision to reverse course and have the players remain in the tunnel rather than on the sidelines as originally intended, which was the topic of an emotional team meeting the following day.

Antonio Brown just shared some footage of the freestyle session from inside the Steelers locker room, which also included a brief clip of Steelers safety Robert Golden.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely head into their Week 5 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field without a full squad for a fifth straight game. Pittsburgh has played well in stopping opposing pass attacks (second-best mark in the league), an area where the Jaguars have struggled.

His play has caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro tailback Le'Veon Bell, who recently told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that the 22-year-old is one of the opposing players he enjoys watching. But if the strategy pays off by way of a Steelers victory, it should be nothing for Pittsburgh to worry about if Brown is bottled up, as expected, by Jacksonville's coverage. He only had two catches but they both went for big gains.

On the Jags' next possession, though, Fournette sealed the deal by busting a 90-yard touchdown run to put Jacksonville up 30-9. It turns out, that assessment was backed up as the Jaguars pass rush and coverage units worked well together to frustrate the Steelers and lead Jacksonville to a win to keep the team in first place in the AFC South entering Week 6 of the National Football League season. The defense has 15 sacks, also second in the league. So WHP will carry the Ravens game but not the Steelers. He'll need to be equally capable in the passing game to get involved in the offense this week.

Pittsburgh hasn't looked "great" per se, but they have played well enough to be 3-1. A good performance from Bell will be key to improving the chances of the Steelers against the Jaguars.

If the Steelers were able to convert on those red-zone opportunities, it would at that point have been a 21-7 game, rather than 9-7, and things would have looked rather different. It'll take a running game to get their W - and luckily for them, they have a talented guy with Leonard Fournette.

It is vital that this unit is solid with their tackling and their angles and that they do not give up big plays. Blake Bortles will start at quarterback for Jacksonville, and because of that, expect Fournette to take the bulk of the burden offensively. Furthermore; the Steelers' defense is doing a much better job than the Jaguars' right now and Roethlisberger should have no problem against a mediocre pass-rush defense.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Heinz Field.

Reed is part of the contingency plan for the Jaguars with their starting center Brandon Linder out with an illness.

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