The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday for a chance to avenge a blowout loss the Steelers received back in October. The Jaguars walked out of Pittsburgh with a 30-9 victory that left many shocked. The margin of victory was not the most shocking to fans but how that victory happened. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions to the Jacksonville defense. The Pittsburgh defense also gave up 181 yards on the ground to rookie running back Leonard Fournette. Neither of those things are likely to happen again Sunday.
Big Ben has never been one to let a single bad game continue to affect his play. He bounced back from that terrible performance to go on an eight game win streak finishing 12-3 as a starter this year. Ben finished as a top quarterback being fifth in passing yards and tied for fifth in passing touchdowns. He was voted to the probowl was again but expects to miss it with hopes the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl. The game he had against Jacksonville earlier this season was a fluke for the talented quarterback. If it was not or tipped and dropped balls he would have had much better statistics against Jacksonville in that first game. While Jacksonville is very talented on defense they faced the Steelers during a time when the offense was not on point. The Steelers offense as rebounded from a slow start to the year and has been very efficient the last half of the season. Le’veon Bell will be featured in this match and will produce for the Steelers. Expect the Steelers to be able to put the ball in the end zone in the rematch.
The biggest issue that hurt the Steelers was running back Leonard Fournette keeping the ball out of Blake Bortles hands. Fournette had a great day running the ball racking 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns to go with it. Bortles finished with a 95 yards and an interception. Taking away the running game and forcing Borltes to throw is the key to victory for the Steelers. The Bills successful limited Fournette and forced Brotles to make more plays in the wildcard game last weekend. He was incapable of making those plays throwing but was able to use his feet to pick up 88 yards in a sloppy win for the Jaguars. The Steelers defensive line is key to stopping the running game of Jacksonville. All-pro defensive end Cameron Hayward will look to get stops on the ground so he can get to the quarterback in third and long scenarios. Getting an early lead is key forcing the Jaguars to have to throw the ball and put Bortles in possession to turn over the ball. If the Steelers are able to stop Fournette in the rematch they will easily walk away with the win.
These are different teams meeting on the field since the first matchup in October. Both are talented but one is a young team that has never been here in the playoffs before, the other is a franchise that expects to go on a playoff run every year. Steelers win 27-13.