JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Pittsburgh's latest victory was picture perfect.
The Steelers defense gathered in the end zone after each turnover — four times in all — and posed for the cameras. Some of the celebrations were planned, some candid, most cheesy.
All of them well-deserved.
Ben Roethlisberger and Co. gladly shared the spotlight during a 27-3 drubbing of skidding Jacksonville on Sunday. After all, it was the defense's latest and greatest performance of the season.
Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted two passes each and the Steelers steamrolled the lowly Jaguars (1-9) to get to 10-0 for the first time in franchise history.
“They’re fun to watch,” Roethlisberger said. “They’re turning the ball, getting turnovers for us.”
Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looked lost most of the day against the blitzing Steelers, who allowed 206 yards and finished with just two sacks even though Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt dominated Jacksonville's offensive tackles. Luton completed 16 of 37 passes for 151 yards, with four interceptions and a couple more close calls.
“No matter what happens on the last play, you’ve got to play the next one,” Luton said. "Whatever happened last time, you can’t let it affect you. That’s the mindset I try to have. Unfortunately, it kept pouring into another bad play into another bad play and I can’t let that happen. I’ve got to clear it and move it onto the next snap.”