The Jacksonville Jaguars just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 30-9 at Heinz Field because football is chaos and nothing makes sense. But we have a winning record and lead the division after five weeks for the first time since 1998.
Who was most responsible for the win today? Let’s see:
1. Jalen Ramsey
I mean, look at this interception. Look at it. LOOK AT IT.
After what should have been offensive pass interference on Antonio Brown turned into a 49-yard catch, Ramsey was lights out — seven tackles, four passes defended, and an interception. He also tipped up the ball that allowed Barry Church to make his pick-six.
2. Barry Church
He wasn’t the only one who got a pick-six today, but Church’s interception return for a touchdown was what I think broke the dam on Ben Roethlisberger’s career-worst five-interception today.
3. Leonard Fournette
The Jaguars came into today’s game with 148.8 yards per game, the second-most in the NFL so far. How did he do today?
His Superman touchdown was the first go-ahead score for the Jaguars and his 90-yard touchdown at the end was the perfect nail in the coffin. He ended with 181 yards on the ground and the regular season record for longest run in franchise history. My God.
4. The entire offensive line
You don’t run for 231 yards and allow your quarterback to not throw an interception (the throw to James O'Shaughnessy was a mis-call and it was zero percent Blake Bortles’ fault) without a stellar offensive line. This was a tremendous effort
5. Telvin Smith
Somehow the Jaguars landed a linebacker who could meet and tackle a running back like Le’Veon Bell in the open field and return an interception 28 yards in traffic for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.
6. Tashaun Gipson
Two passes defended, two interceptions (including the one that clinched Roethlisberger’s career-worst fifth pick), and six tackles. This was his first multi-interception game since 2014 when, coincidentally, he was playing against the Jaguars.
7. Aaron Colvin
After a few miscues in the first half, Colvin finished well with 10 tackles and two for a loss. His coverage was a bit off early, but he was much, much better in the second half and took away some of the underneath throws that the Steelers were trying as the Jaguars widened the lead.
8. Brad Nortman
He pinned the Steelers deep early and allowed the defense the advantage of playing against a short field in the first half. The Steelers didn’t score a touchdown all day and Nortman’s accuracy was a big reason why the defense was able to keep the team in it early.