MAKING THEM COUNT: Bortles is 30-for-53 for 220 yards with 18 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 106.1 in his regular-season career in the red zone. They lead the league in turnovers and have 23 total interceptions, including the wild card round.
Then Roethlisberger had answer questions about Sunday's game being his last game at Heinz Field, due to his comments after the 30-9 loss to Jacksonville in week five. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will be the most important player for the Steelers, as his ability to run against a stout Jaguars defense will be important.
"We get to play again", Bortles said Sunday.
The Steelers went 6-2 during the first half of the season, and did even better in the second half, with only a review in NY separating them from an 8-0 back half. We didn't have our A-game. It was enough to win both times, and I can't believe Bortles will be that atrocious in his second playoff game. "We didn't want the players to have to re-learn the wheel". However, the ups and downs of their quarterback and running back duo is what has stalled the ceiling of the team.
Bell proved to be a clutch playoff performer in his first postseason exposure a year ago, rushing for 167 and 170 yards against the Dolphins and Chiefs. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions to the Jacksonville defense. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback says it'll probably never stop. The Bills successful limited Fournette and forced Brotles to make more plays in the wildcard game last weekend.
Said Big Ben of playoff experience: "When you've played in a lot of them, you still just treat it like a football game". A couple more? Or could it be as little as one more game? "So hopefully we can use that experience to my advantage".
The Steelers will try to do different ways to have their wish of getting back on the Jaguars. The Steelers nearly went undefeated over the final 11 games of the season, suffering their only loss to the New England Patriots because of a controversial call. But in a road matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is pivotal that the group is as heavily equipped as it can be in the divisional round battle.
-Steelers LB Vince Williams vs. Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette. It will be up to Williams and the middle of the Steelers defense to make sure Fournette is less effective in the rematch. He bounced back from that awful performance to go on an eight game win streak finishing 12-3 as a starter this year.
A scrap-heap signing as the fourth option at kicker during the course of the 2015 season, Boswell has truly begun to establish himself as one of the better players at his position from year to year in his third season, doing so all the while having Dave Bryan blocked on Twitter. He has shown he can be a game-changer in first campaign hauling in 58 catches for 917 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
On Sunday, Bortles will look to lead Jacksonville to its first AFC Championship game since the 1999 season when the team goes to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.
This has been my problem, for the last several years, with two teams in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, who this year fell apart and now just had to fire everybody, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have the most explosive offensive stars in the league, now they have another JuJu Smith-Schuster, and in most eyes have underachieved. He passed for 3,687 yards this season, giving him at least 3,500 yards passing in each of the last three years.