National Football League 2018 Divisional Round Preview: (3) Jacksonville Jaguars at (2) Pittsburgh Steelers

National Football League 2018 Divisional Round Preview: (3) Jacksonville Jaguars at (2) Pittsburgh Steelers

National Football League 2018 Divisional Round Preview: (3) Jacksonville Jaguars at (2) Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made plenty of mistakes in their 30-9 loss to Jacksonville during the regular season.

But that Denver defense, which included current Jaguars' defensive tackle Malik Jackson, enhanced its reputation greatly by allowing just 44 total points in three playoff games against quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers). "Sometimes those questions are what they are". On the surface, the answer is yes, because this is how the Jags are built to win. "We want to minimize the ways that they run the ball and the ways that they possess the ball and control the game".

Regardless of the outcome, the game between Pittsburgh and Jacksonville presents numerous DFS options for daily fantasy owners, including a possible sneaky tight end play or two. Some just, some not so just, but the only reason the scrutiny is so high is because the Jaguars are good as a whole. Though the Jaguars steadily improved their rushing defense over the year, the unit still finished 21st with 116.3 yards allowed per game. Over the second half of the season, Fournette has compiled 1.9, 3.9, 2.1, 2.9, 4.2, 2.7, 3.6, and 2.7 yards per carry this season.

For instance, Philadelphia surrendered 7.7 fewer points per game than expected based on the down, distance and field position of each opposing play against. It took probably the worst day of Roethlisberger's career to create that result in October. Can this happen again?

Our friends at SunBets have the Pittsburgh Steelers as 2/7 favourites to win and advance to the next round.

Linebacker Telvin Smith said he has been part of teams that did look ahead - at Florida State - so he understands Mitchell's mindset. That makes for a great matchup against the NFL's No. 1 pass defense.

The Steelers lost, 30-9, against an unproven Jaguars team. If he is fully healthy, expect him to get plenty of attention from the Jaguars.

"Any time you have the best at what he does playing, that's a big thing", Haley said of Brown. That certainly isn't going to produce a win against a Steeler team possessing counter-attack capabilities the Bills lacked.

So Roethlisberger knew exactly what Bortles went through in his first postseason start against the Bills.

Field goal kicking is always an issue at Heinz Field thanks to the open end of the stadium and swirling Pittsburgh winds.

But the two best football cultures in the world right now, "Bama and New England, are not about player empowerment".

The Jags have also been burned by backs in the passing game lately. Roethlisberger will need to be in rare form, eluding the Jags aggressive pass rush and delivering accurate passes to his weapons.

Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell was asked about his contract situation.

Mitchell made his comments during an interview with The MMQB's Greg Bishop for a story about the Steelers' defense rallying around linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury during the December 4 game at Cincinnati. With single coverage as the third option for Keenum, look for Rudolph to be a big factor on Sunday.

Yet for all of Fournette's breathtaking feats of athleticism - including a 90-yard bolt to the end zone that served as the exclamation point on Jacksonville's 30-9 victory three months ago, he's just part of a group that led the National Football League in rushing.

Picking Blake Bortles and the lowly Jaguars to win a playoff game in Pittsburgh would understandably be hard for many.

I haven't done the necessary legwork, but it's safe to assume that nobody in this life (or the next life) loves anything more than The Good Place's Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) loves Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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