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Top of the Morning News for Oct. 17

"Just two hours before the game, it was clear Britton couldn't play, and the Jaguars made him inactive, setting yet another shuffle in motion. Bradfield started at left tackle. Guy Whimper started at right tackle, and third-round draft pick Will Rackley started at left guard."  *The Times-Union
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 "They play hard. They fix leaks that spring up on defense. They avoid costly turnovers with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. They are unselfish and united." *The Times-Union
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 "The Jaguars on Sunday very nearly did the seemingly impossible. They very nearly rallied from a 17-point deficit in front of 62,934 at Heinz Field – yes,* that* Heinz Field against those Pittsburgh Steelers – to improbably win a game in which they'd been thoroughly dominated for a half."  *jaguars.com
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"Close wasn't enough to conquer. Hard-fought and valiant wasn't either. And once again, it was real frustrating." *jaguars.com
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"Fullback Greg Jones and Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley got into a scuffle during the Jaguars' lone touchdown drive." *The Times-Union
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Opposing Viewpoint

"Paul Posluszny was all over the field, making tackle after tackle. From his middle linebacker position, the Hopewell Township native was a force for the Jaguars as they tried to pull an upset of the Steelers." *Beaver County Times
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 "At various times last week, as much of Steelers Nation was debating the wisdom of the team's decision to go back to Rashard Mendenhall as its featured running back, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians referred to Mendenhall as "a horse" and "The Man."" *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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 "We had other guys open," Roethlisberger said. "I just have to drive the ball. I have to make the necessary adjustments when the wind picks up, stop floating it and try to drive it through the wind. I never make excuses. When it's blowing, you have to put a lot of spin on the ball. I just wasn't doing that. It's something I can easily change."  *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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 "The Steelers ran out to their fourth victory and again had to do so looking over their shoulders near the finish line. They have been the hare a few times this season, flashing easily to nice leads early and then nearly falling asleep as the tortoise creeps up on them."  *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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 "We made them a one-dimensional offense," Woodley said. "But we did put the pressure on (Gabbert), so they decided to put the ball in the hands of Jones-Drew."  *Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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"And the feeling in the home locker room after a harrowing 17-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars? The Steelers can't have many more halves in which they manage three first downs and 55 yards of total offense and allow a rookie quarterback to find just enough footing to lead a 17-play touchdown drive."  *Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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"I love being in Western Pennsylvania," Posluszny said. "I love being front of my family and friends that I grew up with. It's always fun to come back here."  *Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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Around the NFL

John Clayton's Last Call.  *ESPN.com
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Don Banks of CNNSI.com gives his thoughts on week six.
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Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.  *CNNSI.com
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 Clark Judge of CBSSports.com recaps what he saw on Sunday. 
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Colts were close to picking up first win.  *Indianapolis Star
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Texans remain upbeat despite third loss in four games.  *Houston Chronicle
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Stat of the day

The Jaguars rank eighth in the NFL in defense (325.3) and 32nd in offense (260.3).  

The last word

"Those guys played their tails off all day.  They were giving us some funky looks up front and we expected that, but those guys that played today, I'll go with any day of the week.  Cameron Bradfield came in under some tough circumstances, but he played his tail off.  He battled out there, and that's what I want to see in my offensive line."

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the offensive line

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