In the other re-match, we are going back to week 5 when the Jaguars blew out the Steelers on Heinz Field. Two of the Steelers staring offensive linemen, center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro, also haven't played since that game against the Texans, either, as like Bell, they were rested during the regular season finale. They won their playoff game last weekend at home against the Buffalo Bills, 10-3, which was their first playoff win since their last postseason appearance in 2007.
Fans can write well-wishes on a send-off banner at City Hall and share their team spirit with City Council members, Jaxson de Ville, THE ROAR of the Jaguars and Jax Pack from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Haden recently took a shot at his former team, who released him prior to the start of the regular season. "Tempo!" in an effort to get his teammates to pick up the pace, not always an easy task more than five months into the season.
Last week, Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he wanted to play the Jaguars in the divisional round. Quarterback Blake Bortles struggled and finished with 87 yards passing - though he did rush for 88 yards, including 20 on the Jaguars' game-winning drive in the third quarter.
Leonard Fournette has been held to a paltry 3.3 yards per carry over his last five games, below his 3.9 average over the course of the entire season. Not even the best player on the planet. Three runs by Jones-Drew (and a penalty for delay of game) later, kicker Josh Scobee was called on for a 25-yard field goal. Which wide receivers can help get their quarterback on track and give them a threat in the pass? This writer has been on the Jacksonville-train since the early part of the season. Brown only player in National Football League history with five straight seasons with 100-plus receptions.
Marrone, despite rebuilding a bad team in Buffalo, is not a favorite son in Western New York, where Bills fans would delight in defeating him Sunday. "When I play my best and I'm most comfortable, I just go out there and play".
An advantage that Pittsburgh has against the Jaguar defense is their strong running back in Le'Veon Bell and Roethlisberger's chemistry with receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. "I'm hoping it's not his last but you have to go out and play every play and enjoy every play and every game like it could be your last". Win would tie him with Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw for most by QB in playoffs in team history.
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Against San Francisco and Tennessee, Bortles threw a combined two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Jacksonville must set the tone for the game. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew was to the right of Garrard in the shotgun.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Heinz Field.
Shazier visited the Steelers' practice facility two days before Christmas and participated in team meetings before the team flew to Houston for a Christmas Day game. Bortles' ineffectiveness these past few games will likely continue Sunday, especially with the frigid conditions. On defense, the Jaguars combined for a pair of sacks, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble, all while holding the Bills to just 263 yards of total offense in the game.