Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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The streak is now 10.

The Jaguars, since their improbable two-game road winning

streak last season -- victories at Houston and Cleveland -- have

lost their last 10 games on the road, including all six this


"I don't think there's any type of jinx on us or anything," C

Dave Widell said. "We don't make the plays we have to make to

win on the road."

The frustrating part of that, Widell said, is the Jaguars know

they can win. They have won four of five games at home this


"Those plays, it seems, we're making more and more at home,"

Widell said. "Until we overcome that hurdle, we're not going to

be able to achieve the way we're capable. Think about it -- win

every game at home and you can't play on the road, you lose

every game and you're 8-8: in these days, in the AFC, you're one

game out of the playoffs. That's what differentiates the

contenders from the guys that aren't."


Speaking of Widell, his unnecessary-roughness penalty in the

second quarter not only helped set up the Steelers' first

touchdown, it started a mini-brawl and prompted the Steelers to

accuse Widell of cheap tactics.

On the play, officials ruled Widell continued blocking Steelers

LB Levon Kirkland too long after the whistle.

"It was uncalled for -- the guy jumped on my back," Kirkland


"He's done it every game we've played in," Steelers LB Jerry

Olsavsky said. "They guy's just a cheap player. You don't

purposely hit people in the back after a play."


The Jaguars entered yesterday's game saying they wanted to beat

the Steelers physically.

Although the defense handled the Steelers physically, the

offense didn't. There's a reason. The Steelers defensive players

heard that physical talk from the Jaguars prior to the game. …

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