To get there, Pittsburgh must first conquer the Jacksonville Jaguars, who did not accommodate the Steelers’ plans back in October. The Steelers, who are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, have won 10 of 11.
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was third in the National Football League in rushing with 1,291 yards but he ran the ball just 15 times totaling 47 yards in the first meeting with the Jags. They did finish as a top-10 rushing defense.
On a team loaded with talent, he’s well aware the one thing he’s missing on his resume is the one thing that a massive payday and all the regular-season touches in the world can’t buy. Five interceptions were franchise-record for single game.
The family is leaving Friday and coming back Monday, but they are flying from JAX to Cleveland and driving from there because flights from JAX to Pittsburgh were $650 per person. Fournette rushed for 181 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the first meeting against the Steelers. Last week against the Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars were as healthy as the team has been in the last half of the season, at least. The Steelers win by double digits over the Jaguars. The running game for Bortles was the key.
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. He made just 14 catches for 188 yards during the regular season, but nine of those catches came in the final three games that he played. Brown only player in National Football League history with five straight seasons with 100-plus receptions. And his yards per pass increased from 6.51 to 8.15.
The Jaguars have as nasty a front seven as you’ll find in today’s NFL.
The way to beat Jacksonville is to run the ball. Allen Hurns and Westbrook combined for 776 yards dn three touchdowns.
-Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey. The defense is slowly adjusting to life without Ryan Shazier, Joe Haden has returned, and Roethlisberger’s elite once again. Heading into the playoffs, Brown was previously recovering from a calf injury he sustained Week 15 against the New England Patriots and Sunday would mark his first time taking the field since. When playing a team with a good defense, ball control is important to keeping the Steelers defense off the field.
“When you look at the roster from top to bottom, [they’re] probably the most talented roster that we play”, Marrone said. Unfortunately for them, this is definitely strength against strength as the Steelers present problems that keep defensive coordinators up at night.
The Steelers are 36-24 all-time in the playoffs and 16-9 in the divisional round.