Sunday, October 5, 2008
Steelers-Jaguars halftime update
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-14, at intermission.
Here are some halftime observations:
- The Steelers' running game is a committee of three tailbacks. Pittsburgh gave carries to Mewelde Moore, Najeh Davenport and Gary Russell in the first half. The team is going to Moore more frequently because he earned the start and has the hot hand. He has 46 yards on 11 carries in the first half.
- Building off the success in last week's win, Pittsburgh went early to the no-huddle offense toward the end of the first quarter. That was something quarterback Ben Roethlisberger championed for at halftime against the Baltimore Ravens and got his wish. The Steelers have been using it often tonight with success.
- The Steelers have had trouble against Jacksonville's running game in the past, but so far Pittsburgh's defense is easily winning the battle upfront. The Jaguars have just 15 rushing yards. They are hurting along the offensive line and it's playing into Pittsburgh's hands through two quarters.
- Jacksonville's defense is not paying much attention to Steelers' third receiver Nate Washington, and it's hurting the Jaguars. Washington is finding openings in the defense and leads Pittsburgh with five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. His 48-yard score was on a double move where the Jaguars didn't respect Washington getting behind the defense and catching the deep ball.