This was always part of Le'Veon Bell's business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he made a decision to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Steelers seeking second straight AFC title game appearance. "I was yelling "clock it" because I felt like that was the thing to do, was clock it and get yourself one play". "When the game is on the line, we can't give up anything".
Opponents are loading up against the run because they have little respect for Bortles and a banged-up receiving corps that features two rookies.
"We get to play again", Bortles said Sunday. We want to be balanced. Then, the players were back on the field for a Monday practice; Tuesday was the normal off day, and then the schedule has the team on the field on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday leading up to the game, which is when the game plan for the Jaguars will be installed and practiced.
We will have the pleasure of watching the Titans take on the Patriots and Falcons take on the Eagles for the first time this season. Steelers are 35-25. Jacksonville dominated regular-season visit to Pittsburgh, picking off five Ben Roethlisberger passes, including pair of second-half pickp6s that turned 9-7 deficit into 20-9 lead.
In the playoff game Sunday, the Steelers will start six players who were either first-, second-, or third-round draft picks in the past three seasons.
"Everything is a concern when you want to play better, when you don't play well", Marrone said. Things are going to happen.
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"We embrace that", linebacker Myles Jack said. Big Ben finished with a 37.8 passer rating in the Steelers 30-9 loss to Jacksonville.
Offensively, the Jaguars averaged 27.1 points and 375.1 total yards (229.8 in passing and 145.3 in rushing) per game. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver.
Leonard Fournette ran for 181 yards when the Jaguars beat the Steelers in October.
A healthy core group of Steelers may not bode well for the Jags, no matter how strong their defense is.
A rematch of last years AFC Championship Game is certainly a possibility, but both teams still have a game to win.
ANSWER: When the Jacksonville franchise joined the National Football League for the 1995 season, the Jaguars were placed in the AFC Central Division, along with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Houston.
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. I also think the wind will compliment the inconsistency of Bortles more and make it extremely tough on him. But that's what you get when you're go 11-34 in your first three seasons and throw 51 interceptions along the way. He was targeted 19 times in that game and had 10 catches for 157 yards, but no touchdowns. Campbell plays outside in the base defense, but often slides inside in sub packages. His 88 yards rushing were the most by a Jaguars player in almost a month.
Blake Bortles remembers the first time Jalen Ramsey got under his skin. Jacksonville is athletic, but Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, and Barry Church are all inconsistent tacklers. Roethlisberger especially will be looking to make up for his performance in the week five debacle. Even with all the turnovers, the Steelers did have some success moving the ball before garbage time. DE Cameron Heyward led team and tied for 3rd in AFC with career-high 12 sacks ... That means that the five expect the Jaguars to keep the game within a touchdown when all is said and done.