Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have had a season full of challenges and adversity and successfully faced them all. And kind of like our defense has played all year, they were incredible. Early this season, the offense was in an incredible rut and there was concern after the Week 5 matchup as to just how competitive this team could be with an average offense.

Since the Jacksonville game, Roethlisberger has returned to being one of the NFL's top passers.

Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions - two that were returned for touchdowns - and was sacked twice in a 30-9 loss on October 8.

Antonio Brown should be back and the question is how will he perform coming off his injury? That 2007 Jaguars team won against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh during the regular season.

Bortles struggled with accuracy in Sunday's windy victory over the Buffalo Bills, throwing a pair of near-interceptions and finishing with fewer passing yards (87) than rushing yards (88). The OVER is 11-1-1 in Pittsburgh's last 12 home games in the playoffs.

The Steelers will try to do different ways to have their wish of getting back on the Jaguars. Rookie Leonard Fournette, meanwhile, ran roughshod over what has been an otherwise formidable Pittsburgh defense.

FAST FACTS: Jaguars - QB Blake Bortles passed for a TD & had career-high yards rushing last week with five runs of more than 10 yards.


The Jaguars' defense was at its best against the Bills, limiting Tyrod Taylor to 134 passing yards on 37 attempts. This season marks the fourth consecutive season that Smith has reached the 100 tackle threshold.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not been in the playoffs for ten years, and fans would need to look back to the Fred Taylor days to remember a successful Jacksonville team. Fournette can also catch the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 36 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown.

The Jaguars have as nasty a front seven as you'll find in today's NFL.

While he has put up the occasional good game this season-prior to the final two-game skid, he tossed seven touchdowns and zero interceptions over three games, completing around 70 percent of his passes and averaging almost 10 yards per attempt-nobody will mistake him for the better quarterback on the field on Sunday. Meanwhile, Jacksonville's run D finished the year ranked 21st.

Marrone said at a news conference Monday that he does not believe Bortles has lost confidence as a passer.

The key will be winning the line of scrimmage. In the end the Steelers will come out on top, 20-16 and head to New England the following week to take on the Patriots once more. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will be the most important player for the Steelers, as his ability to run against a stout Jaguars defense will be important. When playing a team with a good defense, ball control is important to keeping the Steelers defense off the field.

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