Though David Garrard was better that season than Blake Bortles is right now, the teams almost mirrored each other offensively, the 2017 Jags have the edge on defense, and they're going to need it going up against one of the most explosive and risky offenses in the league. Neither team is allowing many points to its opponents, as the Jaguars' defense ranks second in points allowed and the Steelers' defense ranks seventh.
In early episodes of The Good Place, Jacinto's character passes himself off as a Buddhist monk who has taken a vow of silence, but he is later revealed to be an incredibly dopey DJ from Jacksonville. The Jaguars went on to go 10-6, recording their first winning season in a decade.
If the Bortles who showed up for most of December appears in Pittsburgh, this is a trouble spot for the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game past year, but fell just short of the Super Bowl, as they were beaten by the New England Patriots. New England?to win an AFC title, but they feel they have the offensive firepower and defensive balance to get that done. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver.
Jacksonville needs far better passing from Blake Bortles.
Pittsburgh will be gearing up to get revenge with the recent memory of that embarrassing regular season loss. The Steelers were 10th against the run.
The Steelers offense is one of the most diverse and explosive offenses in the league.
RUN-GAME CAPABLE: Bortles' career regular-season average of 6.32 yards per carry is the fourth-highest in National Football League history among quarterbacks with at least 200 rushing attempts (Michael Vick, 7.00, Bobby Douglass 6.47, Randall Cunningham 6.36).
Steelers WR Antonio Brown expected to play against Jaguars
When these two met back on October 8 it was the Jaguars who pulled off a 30-9 road win.
If he lights it up against Pittsburgh, the Jaguars probably will win the game.
But what about that matchup in Week 5?
Nearly no one is giving the Jaguars a chance Sunday afternoon, even though the Jags are top-two in total defense (286.1), pass defense (169.9), scoring defense (16.8), takeaways (33), interceptions (21), and sacks (55).
Jacksonville opened the season by blowing out the Houston Texans on the road behind 10 sacks and four forced turnovers. Their 68.5 quarterback rating? A couple more? Or could it be as little as one more game? Not only was Roethlisberger intercepted five times, the Jaguars returned two for touchdowns.
However, Roethlisberger's interception total won't be a total hindrance on Pittsburgh's success, as it will find a way to finish off the upstart Jags in the fourth quarter.
The two teams have met just once in the playoffs with the Jaguars beating the Steelers 31-29 at Heinz Field on January 5, 2008. Fournette rushed for 181 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run, in the first meeting against the Steelers. Bortles' passer ratings in the three games were 119.8, 123.7 and 143.8. Also, Jacksonville will pass more often on first down to loosen up the defense.
Bortles acknowledged after the victory over the Bills that it's "usually not ideal for a quarterback" to have more rushing yards than passing yards in a game. The Week 5 matchup was before rookie Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster became a breakout star - he had four catches for 58 yards in the game. If the final score falls below the over/under of 41, that could mean Jacksonville is headed to the next round.