Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Matchups

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Matchups

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PASSING

Jaguars: Protecting quarterback Byron Leftwich is key against the Steelers' attacking 3-4 defensive front.

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger's conditioning could be a factor since he has missed time dating to June while recovering from injuries. The Steelers' offensive line also must find a way to stop a Jaguars front seven that last week had two sacks and 18 quarterback pressures.

STEELERS

RUSHING

Jaguars: Fred Taylor has averaged more than 80 yards per outing in eight career games against Pittsburgh. He possesses the cutting ability and speed to make the Steelers pay, if they happen to miss a tackle on a run blitz.

Steelers: Willie Parker is very similar to Taylor, but he seems to have a little more power. Parker, a third-year pro, has posted three consecutive 100-yard games, dating to last season.

JAGUARS

RECEIVING

Jaguars: Matt Jones, Ernest Wilford and Reggie Williams showed playmaking ability against Dallas. Lined up in the slot, any of them can give nickel backs and safeties fits.

Steelers: Hines Ward is the top threat, and he seems to gain most of his yardage after the catch. Tight end Heath Miller adds an element of athleticism that can present matchup problems against safeties and linebackers.

STEELERS

RUN DEFENSE

Jaguars: With two of their best run stoppers (tackle Marcus Stroud and linebacker Mike Peterson) fighting injuries, the Jaguars still managed to limit Dallas to 88 yards. Although they're not completely healthy, Stroud and Peterson should perform even better in this game.

Steelers: They held Miami to just 38 yards - 2.1 per attempt - in the season opener. Pittsburgh plays a more attacking style up front than the Jaguars.

STEELERS

PASS DEFENSE

Jaguars: The secondary passed one of its biggest tests last week against Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens. …

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