Jaguars vs. Steelers 2018: Prediction, Betting Odds, Preview For Divisional Playoff Game


Jaguars vs. Steelers 2018: Prediction, Betting Odds, Preview For Divisional Playoff Game

Jacksonville had at least 135 yards rushing per game in eight straight games from September 24 through November 9, including a season-high 231 in a 30-9 victory over the Steelers on October 8 at Heinz Field.

"We understand we have a great group here", said Bell ahead of Sunday's AFC divisional playoff against the.

The Steelers are big home favorites in this one, and rightfully so, as they should be able to take care of business against the Jaguars. In nine games after the arrival of defensive tackle Marcel Dareus from Buffalo, Jacksonville allowed 98.9 yards per game on the ground and ended up No. 21 in run defense.

-Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had one of the worst games of his career when the Jaguars and Steelers met in Week 5.

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.

All that said, the Pats should win this one. The Steelers nearly went undefeated over the final 11 games of the season, suffering their only loss to the New England Patriots because of a controversial call. The Jacksonville Jaguars are not normally a good team, but those guys have players this year. Shazier has been an emotional touchstone for the Steelers in their playoff preparations - he was on the sidelines for Wednesday's practice, as well. WR Marqise Lee's 56 catches led the team and WR Keelan Cole was fourth among league rookies with 748 yards receiving. The Steelers were 10th against the run. The Steelers were banged up in their AFC title game loss to New England previous year, so being at 100 percent the rest of the way is key for them if they want to come out of the AFC.

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Early in the season, in Week 5, the Jaguars showed the world that they were nothing to mess with as they came into Heinz Field and had a crushing 30-9 victory over the Steelers.

That's what happens when a quarterback has more rushing yards than passing yards in a playoff game: 88 to 87 in Sunday's wild-card victory over the Buffalo Bills.

A top ten defense overall in 2017, Jacksonville has a defense comparable to Pittsburgh's own defense by placing just three spots behind the Steeler defense.

Jadeveon Clowney called him "trash". Not only was Roethlisberger intercepted five times, the Jaguars returned two for touchdowns.

Now he's not happy, two days before a playoff game, with his money. The Jaguars led the National Football League with a 68.5 opponents' passer rating, and Jimmy Garoppolo is the only quarterback to post a passer rating in triple digits against Jacksonville. "Leonard (Fournette) goes off again (181 yards in 28 carries) and those guys up front play as well as they did last time and we can run the ball up there and not have to throw at all". A second triumph over the Steelers this season probably would require a performance by Bortles and the Jaguars' offense far different from what transpired this past weekend. With that win, Jacksonville has now won four of its last five trips to Pittsburgh, starting with an overtime win in 2005. He's thrown at least one interception in all six losses, including two picks in both losses to Tennessee and had three of his passes picked off in the 44-33 debacle at San Francisco. He posted a 123.7 passer rating in a win over the Seattle Seahawks, as well as a 128.2 rating against Baltimore.

The Vikings have all the advantages here: home field, a fully rested and healthy squad, and the confidence they can beat the Saints after defeating them in Week 1, 29-19. If the final score falls below the over/under of 41, that could mean Jacksonville is headed to the next round.



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