If they do in this game, Roethlisberger might have even easier passes to others. The two interceptions were part of a career-worst outing for Ben Roethlisberger, who posted five interceptions, a QBR of 22.2 and a passer rating of 37.8. Though he downplayed looking for payback after the Jaguars shut him down in ways that few teams have in recent years, not everyone is buying it.
Nearly no one is giving the Jaguars a chance Sunday afternoon, even though the Jags are top-two in total defense (286.1), pass defense (169.9), scoring defense (16.8), takeaways (33), interceptions (21), and sacks (55).
Are The Steelers Distracted? Mitchell popped up immediately after the play and started celebrating.
Blake Bortles managed to do something last week only done once before in National Football League history: win a playoff game with fewer passing yards that rushing yards.
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There's a good chance they'll meet again on Sunday.
As long as the Steelers can establish the run and put up some touchdowns on offense, they should be able to come away with the win and advance to the AFC Championship. Especially not knowing. I am grateful to be here today. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table". The Jacksonville offense ran the ball effectively against an always strong Pittsburgh defense, but the offense wasn't the only the only effective scoring unit on the field for the Jaguars.
The two teams have met just once in the playoffs with the Jaguars beating the Steelers 31-29 at Heinz Field on January 5, 2008. Burns had one interception this season. Fournette rushed for 181 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the first meeting against the Steelers. The Jaguar defense not only forced Roethlisberger to throw five interceptions, a career high for the quarterback but kept him to 33 completions on 55 attempts and 312 yards. Campbell plays outside in the base defense, but often slides inside in sub packages. If Bortles plays like he did vs. Buffalo, the Jags will lose.
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They knocked off a ranked Minnesota team at home in December and are coming off a Tuesday road win against Northwestern. The Spartans bludgeoned the Tar Heels 63-45 in November, and the Buckeyes were 86-72 losers in December.
But will an illness keep Brown off the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars? The receiving corps has repeatedly been hit with injuries throughout the year. The Steelers will load the box and dare Jacksonville to pass.
Behind a dominant rushing game led by Leonard Fournette and a stout defense, the Jags showed their value in Pittsburgh. Bell is the most patient back in the league, combined with the best vision. Pittsburgh plays down to its opponents, but after a three-touchdown defeat at the hands of Jacksonville two months ago, there's no reason to throttle back. But right now, you see the fire and you see the passion in him. If Jacksonville struggled to move the ball against Buffalo, I shudder to think of what will happen in the cold weather at Heinz Field, so I'll lay the touchdown with the Steelers here. Roethlisberger will need to be in rare form, eluding the Jags aggressive pass rush and delivering accurate passes to his weapons.
The veteran gunslinger also questioned whether he still had the ability to deliver at the highest level earlier this season following a disastrous display in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars on October 8.
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It's possible that Roethlisberger does know what he's going to do after this season and simply isn't ready to say it.