AFC Divisional Sunday: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers

Dec 10 2017 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Heinz Field

After losing to Jacksonville for the first time in a decade, Pittsburgh gets a shot at retribution in the playoffs. The Steelers are healthy, rested, and should take care of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. He didn't hesitate to question his relatively light workload during a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville on October 8.

"Just the energy that defense has, we have to be able to match that if we want to win the game", he said.

The quarterback who will stride onto the field Sunday for a rematch against the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs has his swagger back.

"There's no doubt about it", Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards says, "you have a first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback that does an excellent job of going out and executing their game from week to week".

The Steelers are heavy favorites for a reason.

It has become nearly too easy to question or ridicule Bortles, the fourth-year quarterback for the Jaguars who has mixed moments of promise with far too many mistakes and discouraging steps backward throughout his National Football League career. The Jaguars sat left tackle Cam Robinson during the regular-season finale due to an abdominal strain but he was able to play during the team's wild-card round win over the Buffalo Bills. He has helped improve the Jaguars' run defense since he has arrived in Jacksonville.

By contrast, Atlanta's Matt Ryan has a passer rating of at least 100 in five straight postseason games, tied for the second-longest streak in league history. The Steelers were 10th against the run. The Jaguars have the defense to stifle Big Ben and the Steelers' offense.

Nick Foles took over at quarterback after the Wentz injury, and while he looked solid in his first start against the New York Giants, he was not sharp in the final two regular-season games against the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys.

Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are the main offensive weapons for Pittsburgh. As Head Coach Doug Marrone and Jaguars players said often on Sunday and Monday, the postseason is not about how a victory looks; it's about moving forward.

But what about that matchup in Week 5?

Look for a heavy dose of Bell early, and if the Steelers are leading, late against the Jaguars.

Jacksonville opened the season by blowing out the Houston Texans on the road behind 10 sacks and four forced turnovers. The Jaguars defense intercepted five passes and returned two for touchdowns. Defensively, the Steelers are yielding 19.2 points and 306.9 total yards (201.1 in passing and 105.8 in rushing) per game. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed a NFL passer rating of 36.7 on throws into his coverage this past week. It also was Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette's best. That included catching two passes for 49 yards in Week 5.

"You have to treat every game like it could be your last because you never know when it is", Roethlisberger said.

He completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

"When you run for more yards than you throw for, that tells you all you need to know", Theismann said.

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