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The Steelers are the lone unbeaten team in the league at 9-0, and with that comes a lot of media attention and pressure. Every week people are paying attention to whether the Steelers get knocked off and suffer their first loss of the season.
"The goal isn't to go undefeated. The goal is to win a Super Bowl. We are just going one week at a time," Roethlisberger said on Wednesday in a Zoom interview with the media. "We are not worried about anything other than this week. You look at past history of this game and it hasn't been pretty for us. We have yet to play a really good game against these guys. I am hungry to come out and get this game."
Historically, the Jacksonville Jaguars have always played the Steelers tough. In fact, the Jaguars lead the all-time series against the Steelers with a record of 14-12. The Steelers have won their last three games against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, but they have won by just a combined 17 points. Roethlisberger is 5-5 (including playoffs) in his career against the Jaguars and Mike Tomlin is 4-4 (including playoffs) in his career against Jacksonville.
"The last 10 games against them hasn't been good at all. Extra motivation or whatever you want to call it," Roethlisberger said. "We are not taking these guys lightly at all. They have had our number. I know we won the last one barely. I know it's a different team. You have to understand this game, this group, these two teams, it's complete focus."
Roethlisberger also joked about Tomlin's statement yesterday when he said, "We are not a Big Ten team playing a MAC opponent this week," in regards to the Jaguars being a potential trap game. Roethlisberger, of course, went to Miami of Ohio which is in the MAC.
"I haven’t had a chance to get him yet," Roethlisberger said when asked if he got back at Tomlin for his shot at the MAC. "He mentioned it again in the team meeting, too, and I wasn’t too happy about that. I will get him back, don’t worry. I have to figure out what conference William & Mary is in. We will say something about that."
Tomlin's alma mater William & Mary Tribe compete in the Colonial Athletic Association in case anyone was wondering.