JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Coach Jack Del Rio confers with quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during play against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field on October 9, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars Fall 17-13 To Pittsburgh Steelers In Week 6

Jacksonville fell behind 17-0 early, but made a strong second half comeback attempt before falling just short and losing 17-13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jaguars Vs. Steelers: Jacksonville's Second Half Comeback Falls Short In 17-13 Loss

Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) decided to spot the Steelers 17 points before finally coming to play, and their second half rally fell short as they lost to the Steelers 17-13. Pittsburgh (4-2) built a 17-0 lead, and was ahead 17-3 at halftime, courtesy of Rashard Mendenhall's 113 yards rushing on 12 first half carries, including an eight yard touchdown run in the first quarter. As a team, the Steelers outgained the Jaguars 315-68 in the first half.

However, Blaine Gabbert and Jacksonville showed some life in the second half (and perhaps the Steelers took their foot off the gas a bit). Despite being sacked five times, Blaine Gabbert completed 12 of 26 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, and had a chance with a hail mary pass on the final play to pull off the upset of the heavily favored Steelers. Jacksonville's defense was solid in the half number two, keeping the Jaguars in the game by holding Pittsburgh to just 70 total yards. Unfortunately, Jack Del Rio's young team simply didn't have a consistent enough performance to defeat perennial AFC North stalwart Pittsburgh. 

It should be noted that new punter Nick Harris had a pretty good day, averaging 42.3 yards on seven punts. Harris replaced punting nomad Matt Turk, released last week after a subpar showing against the Bengals (and a directional kicking chip on his shoulder).

For more Jaguars coverage, be sure to visit Big Cat Country.


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Jacksonville Jaguars Injury Report: Daryl Smith Suffers Concussion

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been struck with the injury bug as of late, and it doesn't let up at all heading into their match up on the road with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Daryl Smith missed practice with a concussion that he suffered against the Bengals last week and starting cornerback Derek Cox was out once again with the same groin injury that kept him out last week.

The biggest hit for the Jaguars however, will be if left tackle Eugene Monroe cannot play. Monroe was described as "extremely limited" in practice today after re-aggravating a shoulder injury that kept him out of the New Orleans Saints game. Monroe started against the Bengals, but left the game mid-way through. If Monroe is out of the lineup, it will actually change three offensive lineman positions on the line. Right tackle Guy Whimper will move from right to left tackle, Eben Britton will move from left guard to right tackle, and rookie Will Rackley will come off the bench to play left guard.

Other notable injuries were linebacker Clint Session being limited in practice with an elbow injury. Session was spotted with a brace on his elbow, the same one he dislocated last year while playing for the Indianapolis Colts. Wide receiver Jason Hill was also limited with a groin injury, and defensive end Aaron Kampman returned to practice in a limited capacity. It's thought that Kampman will make his 2011 season debut against Pittsburgh, though he may be limited to 15-20 snaps.

Stay tuned here and at Big Cat Country for complete Week 6 coverage throughout the week.


Jaguars Vs. Steelers: Jacksonville Now As Much As A 13.5 Point Underdog Against Pittsburgh

If the Jacksonville Jaguars snap their four-game losing streak this coming weekend, it will be against one of the league’s better teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unsurprisingly, the odds makers in Las Vegas aren’t giving Jacksonville much of a chance. The opening line for their Week 6 matchup was -9 in favor of Pittsburgh, but that number has jumped all the way to 13.5 at some books, a clear indication that the early money was pouring in on Pittsburgh’s side.

Don’t be surprised to see that number get all the way to 14, as a full two touchdown spread might be required for most betters to take a position on the Jaguars. The Steelers are coming off an impressive 38-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. Ben Roethlisberger threw for five touchdowns, and the Steelers rush defense found its footing, holding Chris Johnson to 51 yards on 14 carries.

The Jaguars have historically fared well against Pittsburgh though. The Steelers won their last matchup, 26-21, in Week 4 of 2008. Prior to that thriller though, Jacksonville had won the previous four encounters, including in the divisional round of the 2007 playoffs.

Stay tuned here and at Big Cat Country for complete Week 6 coverage throughout the week.


Jacksonville Jaguars Swap Punters Ahead Of Week 6 Matchup With Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jaguars looked to improve their punting game on Tuesday by signing Nick Harris to replace the struggling veteran Matt Turk

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