The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers will fight it out in what should be an entertaining clash on Sunday in Week 5 of the 2017 National Football League regular season. That talk will be dominated by a potential on- and/or off-field rift between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
For the Steelers to best all of those team, better play from Roethlisberger is a must.
And we've seen Roethlisberger go through bad stretches, most notably to open the 2006 season.
Starting quarterback Blake Bortles completed eight of 14 passes for 95 yards and an interception while Marqise Lee caught two passes for 49 yards for the Jaguars. Ben Roethlisberger has yet to leave the field in 2017.
That said, a loss by Houston against the Chiefs will place the Jaguars in sole possession of the division for the first time in a while. It would have been unthinkable for the Ravens to drop two straight games, including one to the Steelers and for them to still have a shot at holding the AFC North crown. Big Ben turned some heads with one particular comment though, telling reporters gathered around him that "maybe I don't have it anymore".
And decidedly different. The Jaguars (3-2) have already matched their 2016 win total and are above.500 after five games for the first time since 2010 thanks in large part to Fournette's precocious play.
When they did get on the field in the 4th quarter it was from their own 4 yard line and it was textbook Doug Marrone/Coughlin: Run it until they stop it. The dynamics of the passing game have shifted unless they can rediscover them. The 3-2 team's other captain, apart from the veteran quarterback, Heyward added, "Seven's done too much not to". "I don't know the answer to that one". His return was supposed to boost an offense expected to be one of the NFL's best. Le'Veon Bell followed it up with a 10-yard run to the 13-yard line, but the offense wasn't able to get it in the end zone. " ... I'm just grateful we have a great leader who's forgiving and accommodating and willing to talk to me".
While the Steelers wait for a better Bryant, they can't afford not to play Rogers inside and put Smith-Schuster outside more often - or least try to create mismatches with McDonald. The rookie ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-9 road win. Brown had himself a big day, catching 10 balls for 157 yards. They crushed Baltimore in London, then crashed back to earth by falling to the New York Jets in overtime.
Roethlisberger and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said publicly that Brown's sideline outburst was unfortunate, and Brown has since apologized for slamming a cooler and slapping a coach's hand away from him. With the Steelers now trailing, 13-9, the Steelers all but forgot about trying to grind out a win even though more than 21 minutes remained in the game.