Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers: Prediction, preview, pick to win

The Jaguars handed the Steelers their worst defeat of the season beating Pittsburgh 30-9 at Heinz Field in Week 5 of the season.

Sure, Fournette finished with 1,040 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant and Bortles combined for 1,205 yards and seven touchdowns. "At the end of the day they won the game".

Bortles has advanced with his team into the NFL's version of the Elite Eight, but that achievement has done nothing to slow the steady flow of insults directed at the Jaguars quarterback on a near-weekly basis. Plus, it is highly unlikely that Ben Roethlisberger will throw five interceptions again, two of which were returned for touchdowns. These guys maximize mistakes, but will have a much tougher matchup in Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Martavis Bryant. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008.

The Jaguars entered Week 17 averaging 34.5 points per game over their last four games having scored at least 30 points in all four of those games. Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles has emerged as a threat to tuck and run as well - the fourth-year pro racked up 88 rushing yards in Jacksonville's wild card win over Buffalo. Roethlisberger is a husband and a father and openly talks about wanting to play with his kids when his career is over. The Steelers win by double digits over the Jaguars. Rookie Leonard Fournette, meanwhile, ran roughshod over what has been an otherwise formidable Pittsburgh defense.

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Brad Meester, Jaguars center: "Those moments happen so fast sometimes". This year, Brown had 101 receptions, marking his fifth-consecutive season with 100-plus receptions, most in National Football League history. Instead, it's best to hand off to running back Le'Veon Bell and attack the Jaguars' 21st-ranked run defense.

Jacksonville is a run-heavy team. Fournette can also catch the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 36 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown. The game plan might focus on one of them more than the others, but they all must be involved. Campbell was a wrecking ball against the Bills on Sunday and was credited with two quarterback hits, four hurries, six quarterback pressures and four run stops.

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. Heading into the playoffs, Brown was previously recovering from a calf injury he sustained Week 15 against the New England Patriots and Sunday would mark his first time taking the field since.

Brees or Keenum will have to make a critical play to help his team advance to the NFC Championship Game-place your bets on the future Hall of Famer. The Jaguars must control the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively. Steelers are 16-9 in divisional round, including 12-2 mark at home.

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