Roethlisberger takes on a Jaguars defense that intercepted him five times in a Week 5 loss. Pittsburgh has one mission, and that is to defeat the Patriots and get to the Super Bowl, and they certainly will not let the Jaguars get in their way in the Divisional Round.
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"You know, when we got beat last week at Tennessee, I didn't run at all, so I thought we got beat without kind of shooting all of our shots, so I said it made it hard, so let's find some ways to move the ball and do some different stuff", Bortles said.
Going up against a Pittsburgh offense not absent of explosive players of their own, lacking key starters in the front seven would be a blemish that would need overcoming with support from the fellow position groups. "When the game is on the line, we can't give up anything". We want to be balanced. The Jacksonville Jaguars are not normally a good team, but those guys have players this year. Plus, it is highly unlikely that Ben Roethlisberger will throw five interceptions again, two of which were returned for touchdowns. So at the very least, that is why we should all respect Blake Bortles.
First, the pass-rush of Watt, Dupree, Heyward and Tuitt and that bunch will offer a stern test for Bortles, a guy who has had his footwork and decision-making under pressure questioned from just about the first game he has played in the National Football League. They ran for 155 yards in a 10-3 victory against the Bills, but more than half of those came from Bortles.
Said Big Ben of playoff experience: "When you've played in a lot of them, you still just treat it like a football game". "It's a little bit faster each game". Still, this Jaguars defense is good enough to go on the road in the postseason and win. "So hopefully we can use that experience to my advantage".
The majority of the Jaguars' wins this season have come in games that Bortles has thrown the ball fewer than 30 times. The first touchdown was a 2-yarder in the second quarter and the second was a 90-yarder on his 28th and final carry.
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The Jaguars finished with 231 yards rushing in the first meeting, the most allowed by the Steelers this season. It will be up to Williams and the middle of the Steelers defense to make sure Fournette is less effective in the rematch. The Steelers lost the game, and moved to the #2 seed.
Another counter is this: While it does matter how good the defense and running game is for the Jaguars, Bortles will most likely have to make a few throws of effect in this game. Just as important will be its ability to contain Jacksonville's run game.
Bortles passed for 95 yards and no touchdowns. Rookie sensation Leonard Fournette accounted for much of that.
Calais Campbell is playing out of his mind right now.