Anybody planning to look at the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle the Jacksonville Jaguars on “Sunday Night time Soccer” in Week 11 ought to make new plans instantly. The NFL introduced on Monday that the Steelers-Jags sport can be flexed out of that prime night spot and into a day slot as an alternative, and the competition between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears would take its place.
For the NFL schedulers, placing the Steelers-Jags matchup on Sunday evening was in all probability a straightforward determination earlier than the common season began. The Jags beat the Steelers 45-42 within the divisional playoff final season, a shocking upset at Heinz Subject that noticed Ben Roethlisberger throw 5 interceptions. Their Week 11 contest was alleged to be a showdown between two groups who ran up the fourth-highest rating in a playoff sport, a longtime behemoth searching for revenge on the upstart contender that ended their season.
The problem isn’t the Steelers. The group is as fashionable as ever. At 5-2-1, they’re on the high of the AFC North, and so they’ve received 4 of their final 5 video games. The problem is their opponent. The Jaguars are … nicely, they’re the Jaguars we keep in mind from earlier than final season. After they completed first within the AFC South within the 2017-18 season, their 3-5 report is massively disappointing. Blake Bortles has been struggling mightily, they’re usually a large number and so they’re not enjoyable to look at.
Whereas Steelers followers might have loved watching Roethlisberger and firm wallop the Jaguars, that’s not the sort of sport NBC needs on Sunday evening. Vikings-Bears appears to be like to be a barn burner, although. The Bears are first within the NFC North at 5-3, and the Vikings are proper behind them at 5-3-1. Each groups are coming off of decisive, overwhelming victories. We don’t know what Week 10 will carry, however it possible received’t be something that may have an effect on the significance of this divisional contest.
Sorry, Steelers followers. You’ll nonetheless get to look at your group attempt to actual revenge on the Jags for final season’s playoffs — it’ll simply be seven hours sooner than you thought.
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