Sunday, November 22, 2020, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida, 1 p.m. ET
Steelers at Jaguars Betting Preview: Steelers (-10/-110), Jaguars (+10/-110)
The Steelers (9-0) don’t figure to have too much trouble staying unbeaten — unless they spend too much time looking ahead to their Thanksgiving night showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
Pittsburgh has scored at least 24 points in every game and is tied for fourth in the NFL with a 30.1 scoring average. The Steelers lead the NFL in sacks (36) and are tied for the top spot in takeaways (17) with linebacker T.J. Watt enjoying a fine campaign with nine sacks, tied for second in the league.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger established season bests of 333 yards and four touchdowns in last Sunday’s 36-10 whipping of the Cincinnati Bengals. Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster matched his season best of nine receptions and has caught 31 balls over the last four games.
Linebacker Bud Dupree (seven sacks) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (six) have aided Watt in harassing opposing quarterbacks.
Pittsburgh has kept its focus on winning each week as opposed to being caught up in remaining unbeaten. Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (ankle) was a full practice participant on Wednesday and hopes to return after sitting out against the Bengals.
The Jaguars (1-8) have dropped eight straight games but have been involved in back-to-back close games while losing by a combined six points to the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers.
Jacksonville has experienced issues on defense, allowing 30 or more points on six occasions while ranking 31st in both scoring defense (30.1) and total defense (415.6 yards per game). The Jaguars are last in the league with nine sacks and have intercepted just seven passes.
Rookie Jake Luton will make his third straight start as Gardner Minshew II remains out with an injury to his throwing (right) thumb. Luton excelled by completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 304 yards in his first outing against the Texans but connected on just 51.4 percent while accumulating just 169 yards against the Packers.
Undrafted running back James Robinson leads all rookies with 689 rushing yards and has gained 327 over the past three games with a low output of 99.
The Jaguars hope to have receiver Laviska Shenault (hamstring) back on the field after he missed the Green Bay game. However, Shenault didn’t practice Wednesday and Robinson (shoulder) was limited after another heavy workload — he has averaged 25.3 touches over the past three games.
Steelers at Jaguars Betting Pick for Week 11
Pittsburgh is highly confident and Jacksonville hasn’t won a game in more than two months. And the Jaguars are sending out a rookie for his third career start against a defensive unit supplying the best pressure in the league as well as forcing turnovers at a high rate.
Roethlisberger has been superb all season and proclaimed Wednesday that he is “hungry” for more success. He should get a full appetite of it against the lowly Jaguars.
Steelers at Jaguars Betting Pick:
Steelers 34, Jaguars 16
Steelers at Jaguars Best Bet for Week 11
Jacksonville gives up lots of points and that doesn’t figure to stop this Sunday. As long as Pittsburgh takes the game seriously, the over is the correct play.
Steelers at Jaguars Best Bet: OVER 46.5 total points (-110)