The Jaguars didn't throw the ball well either, but they didn't need to: Tailback Leonard Fournette rumbled for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while two Jaguars defenders returned interceptions for touchdowns. Bortles somehow drew a CBS interview after throwing for just 87 yards in a 10-3 wild card win over Buffalo.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jagaurs will partake in a rematch of their NFL Week 5 clash on Sunday in the AFC divisional round at Heinz Field. The Steelers got a first-round bye as the AFC's number two seed, giving him an extra week to heal.
Another bunch of Steelers turnovers is unlikely, but the Jaguars have the defense and running game to win on the road in the cold if they can avoid falling behind early and putting the game all in Blake Bortles' hands.
Not only is that explanation logical, we also got to here "Blake Bortles" and "LeBron James" in the same sentence. "It will be a challenge for our guys up front". The Steelers listed none on the "play status" portion of their injury report, and each of them, separately, expressed they would play.
Let's talk about that Bills-Jaguars game a minute without focusing on the aforementioned punting display. So the Jaguars still could move on from Bortles at quarterback if they choose. Bortles' ineffectiveness these past few games will likely continue Sunday, especially with the frigid conditions. Roethlisberger in particular finished the season on an upswing, posting a 102.7 quarterback rating in the 11 games since that point.
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The Steelers defense is allowing splash plays at an alarming rate. The two will not only be critical in preventing him from reaching the second level and breaking long runs but also containing him in the passing game. It started in Week 16, when they rushed for only 92 yards against the San Francisco 49ers.
SECONDARY TO NONE: Jacksonville was the only team in the National Football League that had four players who produced at least four interceptions this season.
Jacksonville had at least 135 yards rushing per game in eight straight games from September 24 through November 9, including a season-high 231 in a 30-9 victory over the Steelers on October 8 at Heinz Field.
With the running game integral to the Saints' success, Thomas has to establish himself on Sunday in order to prevent Minnesota from consistently loading up the box. "I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell said.
"We'll see how the game goes. So we have to make sure we keep our head up and our feet moving". "I'm hoping it's not his last but you have to go out and play every play and enjoy every play and every game like it could be your last".
"I think he's looking forward to getting back on track", Bortles said of Fournette.
"I think we have a chance", Ricks said. "You know what I'm saying?" He's not much of a threat through the air, but it should be noted that the fourth-year former No. 3 overall pick made a huge difference with his legs. Its best bet for disrupting New England's attack might be Casey, a slippery yet powerful rusher who fits the model of the kind of interior rusher that has given Brady trouble at times. The Jags are a one-dimensional team with no chance to beat the angry, redemptive Steelers at Heinz Field.