Steelers Get Their Shot At Revenge Vs Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars saw themselves move onto the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs on Sunday with their 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. This win has set them up for a match up in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
This match up will be a rematch of their meeting in week 5 where Jacksonville handed the Steelers a 30-9 loss, which was their worst loss of the 2017 season. This game also saw Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, have his worst game of his career. Big Ben finished that game with five interceptions and no touchdowns.
He has made it very well known that he wanted the Jaguars to be the team the faced in the divisional round of the playoffs so that he could redeem himself.
Pittsburgh has to be feeling good heading into Sunday’s match up with the Jaguars after watching them only put up 10 points against the Buffalo Bills. The Jags saw their QB, Blake Bortles, only complete 12 passes for 87 yards and a score on Sunday afternoon. It is safe to say that if he plays like that this coming Sunday, it’ll be a long day for Jacksonville.
The Steelers also are getting back their number one wide receiver, Antonio Brown, back from injury. Brown got hurt in week 15 when the Steelers were hosting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The fact that he is back for their playoff push is crucial.
Brown’s first match up back from injury is going to be one of the toughest of the season. He will be lined up against Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, who has been phenomenal all season long. If Ramsey can contain Brown then Big Ben will have to look to Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith Schuster or commit to the ground game.
The ground game starts and ends with Pittsburgh’s bell cow Le’Veon Bell. He totaled 1,946 yards in 2017 and added 11 total touchdowns. He is arguably the best running back in the NFL and if the Jaguars secondary is giving Roethlisberger issues, it could be a big Le’Veon Bell game.
When you look at this game on paper the Steelers have opened as 7.5 favorites, according to Vegas. I think this game will be all Pittsburgh from the beginning till the end. The Jaguars may have gotten to Roethlisberger in week five, but I do not see that being the case this time around.
With the Steelers coming off a bye and the Jaguars coming off a 10 point showing last week, I think the Pittsburgh defense will shut down Leonard Fournette and the running game and make Blake Bortles throw it. If the Jaguars need to have Bortles to win the game for them, he simply won’t.
Pittsburgh will win this game comfortably and move on to the AFC Championship for a chance to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LII.