The Jacksonville Jaguars need to play a certain way to win, but they can’t allow anything to upset a delicate balance. If the Jaguars can run the ball a lot with Leonard Fournette, play great defense and prevent Blake Bortles from having to make any big plays, they’re fine. When something goes awry, like when Bortles threw two unlucky interceptions in a stretch of three passes – in his defense, both picks were tipped up in the air – then they’re going to struggle.
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are forever linked together in terms of their history on the defensive side of the football. Defense has been the catalyst of their rivalry with players like Ray Lewis, Joey Porter, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, James Harrison and Terrell Suggs over the years, and the tradition still continues today. Harrison and Suggs are the last men standing when it comes to the old guard for this rivalry. In 2017, defense has helped put both these rivals at 2-0 to begin this young season. The Steelers defense is ranked 3rd in yards allowed in the NFL, 5th in passing yards allowed and 6th in points allowed. The Ravens are 11th in yards allowed, and 2nd in points allowed.
We're approaching the point in the season where people start making rash decisions based on two weeks of football. I understand the psychology behind it, but in most cases you'll find that I disagree. Two weeks at the beginning of the season feel far more important than two weeks in the middle, but in most cases they're not. That doesn't mean you shouldn't react to some things that have happened this year. It would be silly to ignore everything. It just means that the most important trait this time of year is patience. Thankfully some of the quarterbacks you need to be most patient with have fabulous matchups this week. We'll get to that below, but first here's Week 3 in a Tweet: The NFL has