It seems to be a foregone conclusion in Pittsburgh that the Steelers will play the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on January 21. No need to throw the ball much if that's the case. However, Blake Bortles is winning games but is receiving criticism. "It's going to be a huge challenge for us". It was something that happened last time, but you never know. "We realise that health is a blessing in this game, but when we lack it we're not going to allow it to be an excuse". Pittsburgh went on to win eight straight games after that meeting, losing only to the in mid-December. Since Ryan Shazier went on injured reserve, Williams has stepped up his game, and he will have to play a great game against Fournette if the Steelers are going to win.
That's the thing about Bortles: He genuinely doesn't care whether he throws a pass in a game.
Former Pitt running back James Conner (30) picks up yardage against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Unfortunately, that's not how quarterbacks are evaluated. If you can run the football, and you can play defense- now we know they can play defense- they're number one defense in football. They are, by far, the more experienced side: 14 Patriots players have played at least 10 playoff games.More news: Stifel Financial Corp Sells 6392 Shares of Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG)
It's simple when it comes down to Sunday's matchup, If Bortles plays well, Jacksonville will win. It also will be vital in establishing his future with the franchise.
Bortles just had the best regular season of his career.
If Blake Bortles can lead Jacksonville forward, he won't have to worry about being run out of town. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and actually was more productive on the ground (10 carries for 88 yards) than he was through the air.
"Maybe I don't have it anymore", the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said in a somber locker room three months ago after throwing five interceptions in a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville.
"I'm sure just as any competitor would, when you go and have a bad outing or a hard, tough outing against a team, you want that revenge", Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles said. The rookie intercepted or knocked down each one. People have impressive records because they've got damn good football teams. It was just enough to send the Jaguars to this week's game in Pittsburgh. "When I play my best and I'm most comfortable, I just go out there and play".More news: Alabama Playbook Stolen from Atlanta Hotel Prior to Championship Game
Asked if he is disappointed by Brown's injury, coach Doug Marrone said: "I don't think we're there yet".
"It's going to be an unbelievable thing", Jaguars safety Barry Church said. We didn't necessarily stick to our game plan. I missed a couple of throws. "We show up to work and try to do the best we can do", the All-Pro quarterback says. "And that's what you have to do". But- but it's not- he had four 300 yard plus passing game.
The Steelers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, which gave them the AFC North division title and tied them with the New England Patriots for the best record in the conference. "But I think just for me personally, I'd love to just prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game".
If he can - as he did against Indianapolis, Seattle and Houston - the Jaguars will have a good chance to move on in the playoffs.More news: Dancing on Ice commentator QUITS skating show after just one episode