Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
Points separating Jacksonville and Pittsburgh in the all-time series. The Jaguars have 288 points, the Steelers 276. The Steelers' quarterback situation is in flux. Ben Roethlisberger suffered a hyperextended left knee and a bone bruise in Monday's win over the Chargers, and backup Tommy Maddox hurt his calf in practice Oct. 7. But Roethlisberger's injury wasn't as bad as initially feared, and Maddox has healed more quickly than expected, so either could play today.
Charlie Batch, who will get the call if Roethlisberger and Maddox can't play, hasn't attempted a pass in a regular season game since Dec. 2, 2001, for the Lions against the Bears, and hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Nov. 18 of that year.
The absence of Roethlisberger (or even Maddox) could slow a Steelers offense that is averaging 26.2 points per game (third in the league). The Jaguars, meanwhile, allow 16.8 points per game (eighth in the league).
Look for Pittsburgh to administer large doses of Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis -- or perhaps even a little bit of Duce Staley, who's finally healthy enough to play after missing time with a knee injury -- if Batch is the starter.