Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wrap-up: Steelers 17, Jaguars 13
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' 17-13 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: It wasn't as easy as many expected, but the Steelers kept pace in the AFC North with their second straight win. Pittsburgh scored on its first three possessions to jump out to a 17-0 lead before going on cruise control a little too early. The Steelers needed to sweat out a Hail Mary in the final seconds to improve their record at home this season to 3-0.
Thumbs up: Running back Rashard Mendenhall. He squashed any notion that he should get benched by running for a season-high 146 yards. Mendenhall scored the game's first touchdown on an 8-yard run and then set up a field goal with a career-long 68-yard dash.
Coming up big: Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley lived up to his big contract for a second straight week. He had two sacks and made a critical tackle for a loss on a third-and-3 in the fourth quarter, which forced a field goal.
Linemen down: Another game, another offensive lineman injured for the Steelers. Left guard Doug Legursky was helped off the field early in the second quarter and was replaced by Trai Essex, who has become more of a starter than a backup with the amount of snaps he's logged this season.
What's next: The Steelers make the long trip west to play at Arizona.