Analyzing the Steelers Week 8 loss to the Jaguars, by the numbers
The Pittsburgh Steelers were back in action for the firat of three-straight home games, this time hosting the Jaguars in Week 8 of the 2023 NFL season. The Steelers once again started slow and kept the game close most of the day, but the offense only put together two significant drives the entire game and couldn’t come through in the end.
So without further ado, here are some of the numbers involved in the Steelers Week 8 loss to the Jaguars.
The Steelers broke away from their key statistic as they won the turnover battle but lost the game. Finishing the game with one more takeaways than turnovers, the Steelers only managed three points off of their three takeaways. Actually, the Steelers takeaways were more about keeping the game within striking distance and not allowing things to get out of hand. The Steelers did have two turnovers with one coming on the final play of the game on basically a hail mary. But it was the Steelers first interception that took away their opportunity to tie the game with a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Jaguars took the opportunity to put three points on the board and push the game to two scores.
On the Steelers first four positions of the game, they went three and out each time. Going into the second quarter with the fourth possession, the Steelers had a total of nine offensive yards through their first four possessions.
The Steelers had 76% of their yards gained on offense on three of their 12 drives. The Steelers had 198 of their 261 total offensive yards on their field goal drive, their touchdown drive, and the final drive to end the game where the Jaguars were willing to give up short passes to run out the clock. On the Steelers other nine drives, they only netted 63 yards which was an average of 7 yards per drive.
The Steelers came up empty in the red zone on Sunday, and in fact they only reached it one time and had to settle for a field goal. On the flipside, the Steelers defense kept the Jaguars out of the end zone in their three red zone trips. With only two touchdowns scored in the game, they came from 22 yards out for the Steelers and the Jaguars had a 56-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
After scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter of each of their last two games, the Steelers put up a goose egg against the Jaguars. After two consecutive games of hanging around and coming through big in the fourth quarter, the Steelers offense without Kenny Pickett simply couldn’t get the job done.
3.9 vs. 3.5
Despite the Steelers only rushing for 70 yards on the day, they actually had more yards per carry than the Jaguars. The Steelers gained their 70 yards on 18 attempts while the Jaguars had 106 rushing yards on 30 carries.
With the Steelers losing their two previous games where they gave up a touchdown on their opponents opening possession of the game, this week saw the first time the Steelers gave up points but only a field goal.
After connecting from 55 yards out only to have the attempt nullified by an extremely questionable penalty, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell had his first miss of the 2023 NFL season. What did it take for Boswell did not come through? It was only 61-yard field goal attempt on a wet field that went wide right.
As much as the Steelers defense surrendered a lot of yards (377), they only gave up 20 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was the fewest points the Jaguars have scored in a win this season as they were averaging 29 points during their four game winning streak coming in the Sunday. Unfortunately, the Steelers offense couldn’t come through to not only win the game but to even keep it within one score.
The Steelers do not get to put another tally in the win column this week as their record drops to 4–3. While the poor play and injury concerns might have many Steelers fans believing the sky is falling, it only lasts as long as the next game which is only four days away as the Steelers have the first of their two Thursday games this coming week.
So there are some numbers to help put the Steelers Week 8 loss in perspective. After managing to pull out ugly wins their last two games, the Steelers could not find a way this time.
So what numbers from Sunday’s game stand out to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.