Steelers prepping for heavy dose of Jacksonville's run game

Steelers prepping for heavy dose of Jacksonville's run game

You don't have to search much for compelling storylines involving Sunday's AFC wild-card game between the Jaguars and Bills at EverBank Field.

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

The 9-7 Bills are playing their first playoff game since 1999, ending the longest playoff drought in the National Football League (17 years) by winning three of their final four regular-season games. The weather in this game should benefit the Steelers, who are used to playing in colder weather.

Then there is Tom Coughlin. While quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have hinted toward the possibility of continuing to play beyond this season, which is by far the most important possible development the team could have, there are other moving parts to discuss as well.

Bortles' struggles in his first three seasons in Jacksonville have turned him into a national punching bag of sorts, the subject of a mocking Twitter account with the handle.

"Any game that we are going to play anybody is going to be a hard opponent", Roethlisberger said ...

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Insulting Bortles' abilities is en vogue in the NFL. He's got this hop, sort chop-rip move.

After the Jaguars beat the Seahawks last month, Seattle safety Earl Thomas called Bortles "a sub-par quarterback". The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the season. "For us to win this game is going to take a lot from everybody and is truly going to give us a sense of accomplishment if we play these guys like we know we can play them".

There are just three weeks of football left (four if you count the Pro Bowl), but an abundance of fantasy analysis is still needed for playoff leagues and some of the most competitive and challenging DFS weeks of the year. He will need to keep Campbell out of Ben Roethlisberger's way and will need to block him to keep him at bay in the running game.

"Minimizing their run is more than just focusing on Leonard", Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. He's probably not going to do anything on the field to do it either, which should make any outside noise the afterthought Bortles suggests it is as he heads into the biggest game of his professional career.

With round one of the AFC playoffs out of the way, the Jacksonville Jaguars have now turned their attention to a familiar foe in the Pittsburgh Steelers for a divisional round playoff game that will be a must-see for the nation. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a different team than they were in that October game. The Jaguars didn't do the first on anything close to a winning level Sunday, but they did the second two - and it was the second two that keyed their first postseason victory in a decade. "For me personally, I'd love to prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game". Jags receivers Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens also lost fumbles.

For the onslaught stack of the week, we're going to go with the Vikings stack of Keenum-McKinnon-Thielen. He said the Jaguars are as good as any of them.

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