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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Steelers aiming for separation

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to pull double duty Sunday night.

Not only can the Steelers (3-1) get over a major roadblock with a victory over their nemesis, the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Pittsburgh also has a chance to create separation atop the AFC North. The Jaguars own a four-game winning streak over the Steelers entering tonight's game.

The opportunity comes courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens' 13-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The game dropped the Ravens (2-2) to .500 following two straight losses in six days. The initial loss came to the Steelers in overtime this past Monday.

Pittsburgh could go up one-and-a-half games on Baltimore while holding the head-to-head tiebreaker heading into the bye week. The two weeks in between games would also give the Steelers a chance to heal ailing players, which include starting tailback Willie Parker (knee) and defensive linemen Casey Hampton (groin) and Brett Keisel (calf). The trio are inactive for tonight's game.