Countdown to 2020: The Jaguars

Date: Nov. 22

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Tied, 12-12. The Jaguars lead the postseason series, 2-0.


Last Meeting: The Steelers scored 20 unanswered points in the final 16:17 of regulation and won, 20-1, on Nov. 18, 2018 at Jacksonville. The comeback began with a 78-yard touchdown pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger to WR Antonio Brown with 1:17 left in the third quarter. Roethlisberger added an 11-yard TD pass to TE Vance McDonald with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter and then scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with five seconds left in regulation. The Jaguars out-rushed the Steelers, 179-26, but netted just 64 yards passing, thanks in part to six Steelers sacks of QB Blake Bortles (two each by OLB T.J. Watt and NT Javon Hargrave).

Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 11 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

Last Season: The Jaguars went 6-10 and finished fourth in the AFC South. Jacksonville ranked 20th in total offense (17th rushing, 16th passing) and 24th in total defense (28th rushing, 16th passing).

Since Then: QB Nick Foles, who was last season's opening day starter, was traded to Chicago. Foles was 0-4 as a starter in his only season in Jacksonville. CB A.J. Bouye (to Denver) and DE Calais Campbell (to Baltimore) were also traded, and DT Marcell Dareus was released. Jacksonville added LB Joe Schobert in unrestricted free agency (from Cleveland) and went with a heavy defensive emphasis early in the draft. The Jaguars' 12 selections included Florida CB C.J. Henderson (ninth overall), LSU LB K'Lavon Chaisson (20th overall), Ohio State NT Davon Hamilton (third round, 73rd overall), Michigan State CB Josiah Scott (fourth round, 137th overall) and Miami LB Shaquille Quarterman (fourth round, 140th overall).

265 rushes for 1,152 yards, 3 TDs and a 4.3 yards per carry average Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette's rushing stats in 2019

Headliners: QB Gardner Minschew II, a sixth-round pick in 2019, went 6-6 in 12 starts as a rookie, with 21 touchdown passes and six interceptions, and also rushed for 343 yards. RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 1,152 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and caught 76 passes for 522 yards on the way to finishing 6th in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,674). Second-year WR DJ Chark had 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. Rookie DE Josh Allen (seventh overall) had 10.5 sacks.


Stat That Matters: Jacksonville has lost at least 10 games in eight of the last nine seasons (the exception was a 10-6 showing in 2017 that ended with a 24-20 loss at New England in the AFC Championship Game).

Memorable Meeting: The Jaguars stunned the Steelers on the way to the 2017 AFC Championship Game by winning 45-42, in an AFC Divisional Round game on Jan. 14, 2018 at Heinz Field. Coming off a 13-win regular season and a bye, the Steelers fell behind 21-0 and 28-7 and never recovered. Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns, but was also intercepted once and lost a fumble that was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by LB Telvin Smith. Fournette had 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in support of Bortles (14-for-26 passing for 214 yards and a TD). Fournette had rushed for 181 yards and two scores in the Jaguars' 30-9, regular-season victory on Oct. 8 at Heinz.