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Jaguars vs. Steelers: Picks, predictions and odds

Jaguars vs. Steelers: Picks, predictions and odds

Jacksonville stunned Pittsburgh 31-29 at Heinz Field in wild-card round of 2007 playoffs.

The Jaguars could have better luck in the rushing category this week because the Steelers will again be without inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a severe neck injury against the Bengals in Week 13.

Offensively, the Steelers are averaging 25.4 points and 377.9 total yards (273.8 in passing and 104.2 in rushing) per game.

The Saints have not allowed a tight end touchdown since Week 11 to the Redskins and only one tight end managed double-digit points vs. the Saints this season.

After an ugly win against the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round, the Jacksonville #Jaguars will have their biggest test of the season as they go to #Pittsburgh to face off against the Steelers. And they say they intend to prove it again on Sunday on the same field they ran for 231 yards during Week 5.

Big Ben and the Steelers claim to welcome a chance at a rematch against the Jags, and numerous Jaguars have responded publicly that Big Ben should be careful with what he wishes for on Sunday. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver. This might also be the most well-rounded Pittsburgh team during that span, which included no losing seasons for the Steelers and two trips to the Super Bowl.

Le'Veon Bell vs. Jags Front Seven: The weakest part of the Jaguars stout defense is the run game, especially right up the middle. The Steelers were 10th against the run.

"Ben is the most talented guy I've ever been around", Heyward-Bey said. Ben Roethlisberger struggled to throw deep early in the season.

As the Steelers are preparing for their first playoff game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brown was on the practice field, and after, the team listed him as a full participant in the session. Bell is a star in the running game as well as in the passing game and as a blocker.




But what about that matchup in Week 5?

Writers on NBC's acclaimed afterlife comedy The Good Place have been confounded by the unlikeliest of real-world events: the Jacksonville Jaguars' winning season. This is what you play your regular season for.

What transpires when the Jags' offense plays will decide the outcome of this game.

Bortles threw for just 95 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in the first meeting on October 1, but the Jaguars didn't need him to do much more than that in a 30-9 shellacking of the Steelers on their home turf. No quarterback feels the flow of the game better than he does.

The Jaguars allowed a franchise-record 24 sacks, which tied the Steelers and Falcons for the third-fewest in the National Football League behind the Chargers (18) and the Saints (20).

Instead of breaking for long runs, rookie running back Leonard Fournette has mostly seen holes fill up with defenders faster than he can get through them. Although three of those showings came against non-playoff contenders - the December 49ers kind of doubled as one, however - Bortles sliced up the (admittedly injury-riddled) Seahawks in a 268-yard, two-touchdown day that would be lethal on Sunday if the Jags' defense could be staked to this kind of an outing.

"It'll probably never stop", Bortles said Wednesday.

Bell proved to be a clutch playoff performer in his first postseason exposure previous year, rushing for 167 and 170 yards against the Dolphins and Chiefs. He caught 10 passes for 157 yards in the first meeting and combined with Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will make for an outstanding matchup against Jaguars cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. He posted a 123.7 passer rating in a win over the Seattle Seahawks, as well as a 128.2 rating against Baltimore.

"We've evolved since then", Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said.


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