We play the cards we're dealt. It was abhorrent. One great defense, one good defense and two terrible offenses squared off and we are all poorer for it. Jaguars quarterback, Blake Bortles, has never been accused of being fleet of foot, but he led all rushers in this game with 88 yards on the ground.
The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday for a chance to avenge a blowout loss the Steelers received back in October. The Steelers were 10th against the run. "It will be a challenge for our guys up front". My plan the week is to spend a premium on cash game running backs instead of wide receivers, but if forced to choose an expensive WR option, I would go with Jones against the Eagles. "If you want to look forward in front of the Patriots, that's cool, you know, but if we smack you in the mouth and you're not playing them, what's all that going to do for you?" Having nothing to lose against a team that faces plenty of pressure to dispose of an inferior opponent and could be looking past said opponent at the New England Patriots? And they say they intend to prove it again on Sunday on the same field they ran for 231 yards during Week 5.
Leonard Fournette had his breakout game against the Steelers, with 181 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He may finish third and at least warrant a nice montage at the NFL Honors ceremony in February, but the second half of the first-rounder's season did not match what preceded it. Teams have loaded up to stop Fournette, and the only way to get teams to back off is to throw the ball and throw it well. "If that happens, I'm sure there will be a lot of people that always think I suck".
The Steelers are the number two fan base in the city of Jacksonville, due to their dominance in the 70's when Jacksonville did not have a team.
Over the course of the season, the Jaguars allowed 12 passing plays of 40 yards or more. Jacksonville does not have a cadre of reliable pass-catchers, and this aerial attack has looked terrible in the past two weeks - with a 15-for-34, two-interception Bortles day against the Titans (albeit in a meaningless game for the Jags) preceding the Bill debacle.
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Although they have yet to master it like Golden State, Toronto's 29-11 record is a franchise best at the 40-game mark of a season. IN ranks 13th in points in the paint per game (44.8) while Cleveland ranks 23rd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.4).
Starting right guard A.J. Cann predicts the Jaguars running game will be better on Sunday.
"I think, even in the short term, he's a question mark", former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann said. We'll see how the game goes.
But it's also possible that Roethlisberger doesn't know yet what he's going to do beyond this season, that he will figure that out only after he has some time to decompress following the playoffs. "Like I said, we collectively, everyone - it starts with me to [offensive coordinator Nathaniel] Hackett to the assistant coaches to the players - we've got to do a better job".
So then you might be surprised to learn that their defense was actually one of the most highly-exploited when it comes to allowing big plays.
I've carved out my own little niche when it comes to covering sports, especially the National Football League in general. But doing so just three days before the biggest game of the season feels selfish. Despite his late-season struggles, Fournette still rushed for 1,040 yards and scored nine touchdowns in 13 games. "It's going to be a good game". It will be on the offense to score just enough to put the defense in easy situations against predictable plays to win. "We've got to come out with our A game".