- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH (2-2) at JACKSONVILLE (0-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 1-3, Jacksonville 0-4

SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 12-10

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Jaguars 17-13, Oct. 16, 2011

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Buccaneers 27-24; Jaguars lost to Chargers 33-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 17, Jaguars No. 32

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (5), PASS (8)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15T), RUSH (15T), PASS (16)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (24T)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (25), PASS (32)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers have won two in row in series. … Seven of past eight games have been decided by seven points or fewer. … TE Heath Miller needs 13 receptions to join Hines Ward (1,000) and John Stallworth (537) as third player in Steelers history with 500 receptions. … RB Le’Veon Bell has 100-plus yards from scrimmage in all four games this season, a team record. Bell needs 41 yards from scrimmage to pass Jerome Bettis (610) for most by a Steelers player in first five games of a season. … Jaguars will be without WRs Cecil Shorts III and Marqise Lee because of hamstring injuries. Without them, second-year pro Ace Sanders will be thrust into action after missing first four games while suspended for violating NFL’s substance-abuse policy. … Jaguars also will be without starting CB Dwayne Gratz (concussion), leaving Demetrius McCray to make second career start. … Jaguars started season-high five rookies last week - all on offense: QB Blake Bortles, WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, RG Brandon Linder and C Luke Bowanko. All five are expected to get nod against Pittsburgh, too. … Jaguars rank last in defense, giving up 451 yards and 38 points a game. Coach Gus Bradley benched S Winston Guy and LB LaRoy Reynolds last week in hopes of improving the unit, but neither move paid noticeable dividends.

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