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Two officials scheduled to work the game

October 27, 1997

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Two officials scheduled to work the game _ back judge Jim Saracino and field judge Bill Schmitz _ were caught in the Denver blizzard and never made it to Pittsburgh. The NFL flew in two replacements at the last minute, field judge Bob Lawing and back judge Dick Creed. ... Jacksonville has lost the first two games of a three-game road trip resulting from an agricultural fair that is tying up its stadium parking lots. The Jaguars, who lost last week in Dallas, play Sunday at Tennessee. ... Jacksonville had won its last six AFC Central games, including three this season, since losing 28-3 to Pittsburgh last year. ... The Jaguars have lost three of five since beating Pittsburgh 30-21 on Sept. 22. The Steelers have won five in a row _ four after trailing in the first half. ... Jerome Bettis had 213 yards in his two starts against Jacksonville this season. ... The Steelers are 8-0 in the AFC Central at home game since losing 27-9 to Cincinnati on Oct. 19, 1995. ... The Steelers, who lead the NFL in rushing defense, have not allowed an opponent to rush for 100 yards in 11 games. Jacksonville had 23 carries for 73 yards. ... The Jaguars were 12-1 _ 8-0 the last two seasons _ when leading at the half. ... Jacksonville had three sacks, and has at least two in every game this season. The Steelers’ four sacks gave them 28 in six games against the Jaguars. ... Pittsburgh’s Yancey Thigpen has 17 receptions for 316 yards in two games since the Steelers lost three of their top five receivers to injuries. ... Pittsburgh’s Norm Johnson has made 236 consecutive extra-point attempts, one short of Eddie Murray’s ongoing NFL record. ... The Steelers are 6-2 despite owning only a 194-187 scoring advantage. They lost their opener 37-7 to Dallas. ... Pittsburgh is 12-2 with Pro Bowl safety Carnell Lake starting at cornerback.

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