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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Steelers 26, Jaguars 21

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars identity is based on their run game.

When they fell to 0-2 to open the season, it was in large part because they could not get it going on the ground. When they bounced back with two consecutive wins, it was largely because they rediscovered life with 236 and 139 rushing yards in wins over division rivals Indianapolis and Houston.

Against the Steelers tonight, a team they'd beaten four times in a row, Jacksonville managed just 38 net yards rushing -- 19 from Fred Taylor, 12 from David Garrard and 7 from Maurice Jones-Drew. The result was a 26-21 loss to Pittsburgh.

It's pretty simple but it's holding true for them this season. Run well and win, don't and lose.

At 2-3, they now have to get ready for a trip to Denver. The good news is the Broncos ranked 24th against the run at the start of the day, giving up 132.8 ground yards a game and while they beat Tampa Bay 16-13, they allowed the Buccaneers 139 rushing yards.