Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction, 8/20/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 2
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
TV: NFL League Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Jaguars (-2.5)
The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1 last year) are on their way to TIAA Bank Field on Saturday where they will compete against the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14 last season). Pittsburgh is 2.5-point dogs. The total comes in at 39.5.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their year having earned a 9-7-1 record. In their last game of last year, the Steelers faced off with the Chiefs and ended up losing by a score of 42-21. Ben Roethlisberger connected on 29/44 with 215 yds passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rating of 92.5 and ended the game without throwing an interception. Najee Harris was the rushing leader for the Steelers with 12 carries for 29 yds (2.4 yards per carry). Diontae Johnson held an average of 6.8 yards per catch by earning 34 yds on 5 catches. The Pittsburgh Steelers ran the rock 20 times and accumulated 56 yards, which had them averaging 2.8 yards per carry. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 66 plays for 257 yds. Pittsburgh gave up 31 completions on 40 tries for a total of 372 yds, and a completion rate of 77.5%. On the ground, the Steelers gave up 106 yards on 22 tries, which is 4.8 yards per run surrendered.
The Steelers earned 5,361 total yards for last year. Pittsburgh recorded 204 1st downs as an offense, and they were hurt by 106 penalties for 831 yards. Pittsburgh amassed 23 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns. They gave the ball to the opposition 20 times (11 picks and 9 fumbles lost). As a team they averaged 93.1 yds via the ground game, which was 29th in the NFL. When it comes to scoring, the Pittsburgh Steelers averaged 20.2 PPG.
The Steelers sat in 20th in the National Football League in relation to their opponents scoring, conceding 23.4 PPG. They gave up an average of 5.0 yards per rush and 146.1 rushing yards per game last season. During the campaign, they allowed 2,483 running yards through 17 outings. In terms of yards through the air, the Steelers conceded 3,656 yards which put them in 9th in football. In their 17 games played, they yielded 215.1 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 63.1%. They surrendered 361.1 yards/game which put them 24th in the National Football League. They conceded 24 throwing touchdowns as well as 17 rushing touchdowns.
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The Jaguars ended the year with a 3-14 record. For their last game of last season, the Jaguars walked away with a victory by a final of 26-11 against the Colts. Ryquell Armstead carried the ball 9 times for 52 yards, walking away from the game with 5.8 yards per carry for Jacksonville. Marvin Jones was a featured target for the Jaguars, grabbing 7 passes for 88 yards (12.6 yards per catch). Trevor Lawrence (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 223 yds on 23/32 passing while his QB rating was 111.8. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 6.97 yards. Jacksonville surrendered 18 rushing attempts for 94 yards (5.2 yards per rush). The Jaguars passing defense allowed a completion percentage of 58.6%, surrendering 139 yds on 17 for 29 passing. The Jaguars finished with a total of 318 yds and they ran 64 plays (5.0 yds per play). Jacksonville rushed for 3.3 yards per attempt, totaling 101 yds on 31 carries.
In relation to the points being put on the board, the Jaguars were ranked 32nd out of all teams in football holding an average of 14.9 points per contest. Last year, the Jaguars compiled 3,436 passing yards not to mention an average of 202.1 passing yards per game, putting them at 22nd in the NFL. They maintained an average of 103.2 rushing yards per game and toted the ball for 1,755 yards overall. The Jacksonville Jaguars held an average of 305.4 yards per contest which had them ranked 27th in the NFL. The Jacksonville offense accrued 856 yds of penalties on 104 violations, which ranked them 16th in the NFL in terms of hurting your team. They threw 17 picks while letting opponents recover 12 fumbles and they earned 178 first downs.
Jacksonville conceded a total of 2,127 yards rushing (125.1 yards per outing) as well as 22 touchdowns on the ground last year. They surrendered 24 touchdowns through the air as well as 227.9 yards/game, which had them sitting 17th in the NFL. Their defense compiled 9 takeaways (2 fumbles and 7 picks) in the previous season. Last year, they gave up 457 total points. The Jaguars defense participated in 1,068 plays, which was 16th in the NFL. The Jaguars conceded 26.9 points per contest, which had them ranked 28th in football.
Who will win tonight's Steelers/Jaguars NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Steelers +2.5
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