Steelers LB T.J. Watt admits team is ‘bitter’ toward Leonard Fournette
The Pittsburgh Steelers will get their shot at revenge when they square off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Game this Sunday. Furthermore, it is a chance for redemption for the Steelers’ defense after Jags rookie running back Leonard Fournette gashed them for 181 yards and two touchdowns en route to their worst loss of the 2017 NFL season.
Things got to the point where Fournette had even motioned toward Steelers safety Mike Mitchell to come and hit him in the middle of a run. While there naturally would be a little extra motivation geared toward the rookie phenom, linebacker T.J. Watt feels the defense is more disgruntled with his stellar outing that day, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“We’re more bitter about letting him run for a hundred and whatever yards it was in that game than anything about that,” Watt said. “We have a bad taste in our mouth and we want to wash it out with a good performance on Sunday.”
There has been plenty for the Steelers to make up for since their last meeting in early October. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger even admitted to wanting another shot at the Jaguars defense after throwing a season-high five interceptions en route to a 30-9 loss.
On the bright side, Pittsburgh’s defense did manage to negate Jacksonville’s passing attack by allowing quarterback Blake Bortles to complete just eight of his 14 attempts for 95 yards. That said, the high-powered Steelers enter Sunday’s matchup as the clear-cut favorites over the Jaguars.