The Jags are getting seven points in Las Vegas largely due to their quarterback.More news: Pepsico (NASDAQ:PEP) Given Hold Rating at Jefferies Group
But if Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley had faith in Roethlisberger and his wide receivers, Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash had faith in his athletic secondary. The Jaguars defense had two touchdowns while the Steelers - who had a healthy Ben Reothlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell - couldn't get into the end zone.
Roethlisberger will be playing in his 21st career postseason game while Bortles will be playing in his second.
The fourth-year quarterback outdid his miserable 2016 season, but the Jags still can not count on him in big spots. He bounced back from that bad performance to go on an eight game win streak finishing 12-3 as a starter this year.
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Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette is a beast when he's right. He spoke publicly after last season of his contemplation of retirement, only to return for a 14 season as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and take another shot, at age 35, at a third Super Bowl triumph. Roethlisberger is averaging 298 yards passing since that forgettable three hours against the NFL's top defense. However, Jacksonville struggled to find offense against a subpar Bills defense, and that won't fly when you take on one of the best all-around teams in the league that has revenge on their mind after one of their 3 losses this season.
Jacksonville should consider using Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon more than it does. He should get 25+ carries in this one. It will have to win at the point of attack for the Jags - barring some momentous Pittsburgh turnovers - to pull the upset. Mande told USA Today that he had just done a series of stand-up shows in Jacksonville when creating the character, which inspired him to make Jason a Jaguars fan. But this unit, Sacksonville notwithstanding, has underperformed against the run. "And this is one of the best defenses I've ever played against". Considering the personnel employed, this ranking is underwhelming. 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. Bravo, Ben- because there is no way this game goes the way it did on October 8th. Jacksonville ranks second in total defense and sacks, allowing only 286.1 yards per game and racking up 55 sacks on the season.
Hargrave, PFF's 48th rated interior lineman, had his best game of the season against the Jaguars (Week 5), compiling 10 tackles in the game. "But you have to go out and play every play and enjoy every play and every game like it could be your last".More news: N.Korea's International Olympic Committee member returns from talks with Bach