AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Predictions: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers vs Jaguars Time TV schedule and playoff game information

Steelers vs Jaguars Time TV schedule and playoff game information

Antonio Brown missed the final two games of the regular season with a torn calf muscle though the hope was that he would be healthy enough to play this Sunday in the Steelers' divisional-round matchup against the Jaguars.

When you have an offense full of weapons like the Pittsburgh Steelers do, the play calling has to take advantage of them. The Steelers [VIDEO] are 7.5-point favorites against the Jaguars.

That win put Jacksonville above.500 and matched their win total from the previous season. Earlier in the season, Bortles went eight-for-14 for 95 yards and a pick when the Jaguars won 30-9 in Pittsburgh. The Jacksonville defense is for real as well, ranking second in the league in scoring defense, total defense and takeaways. Their last challenge, a loss to the New England Patriots, galvanized their belief that they can win it all. The wild-card game is the only time these two teams played in the postseason.

What's dope, at least judging by a 17-game sample size, is the 2017 Jaguars' defense potentially tracking toward being mentioned in the same breath with some of the NFL's legendary units - the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2015 Denver Broncos, the "Legion of Boom" 2013 Seattle Seahawks, and yes, maybe the gold-standard 1985 Chicago Bears.

"It's been very amusing, because the team has been the butt of all jokes on the show for two years, and now suddenly here they are winning a playoff game on the back of Blake Bortles", Mande told USA Today. It marked the eighth time this season the defense has held an opponent to fewer than 10 points; no other team did that more than four times.

At the top of the screen, Ramsey is giving Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster nearly 10 yards of cushion.

Now, the Steelers are one of the hottest offenses in the league. Here's his quote, "I'm not going to go out there, get the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell was asked about his contract situation.

Naturally, Jacksonville (11-6) would like to replicate the Week 5 formula, but it won't be a simple task when the Jaguars return to Heinz Field for Sunday's Divisional Playoff game (1:05 p.m. ET on CBS).

A week ago Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles relied on his legs more than his arm, that same formula is not going to work in this one and the Jaguars are going to need to find another way to win. Ryan Shazier played in the Week 5 matchup, but the job is now in the hands of a rotating group of linebackers including Vince Williams, L.J. The Jaguars dominated the game, winning 30-9 at Heinz Field.

Jacksonville forced four more turnovers in the first meeting than the Steelers. Houston Texans defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney derided Bortles'son-field abilities this season by calling him "trash"- and that was at a time when Bortles was playing well. "Tom Brady is a great quarterback, but it's a playoff game". This is the first time Jacksonville has qualified for the postseason since the 2006 season. Over the second half of the season, Fournette has compiled 1.9, 3.9, 2.1, 2.9, 4.2, 2.7, 3.6, and 2.7 yards per carry this season.

"It will probably never stop", Bortles says. Blake Bortles threw for 87 yards and a touchdown on 12 of 23 passing, while also leading the team in rushing with 88 yards on 10 carries. But betting against Kamara, even with the Saints traveling north to take on the No.1 ranked Vikings defense, is not something I would recommend.

And Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, whose defense has been pretty formidable this season as well, nailed it by saying the truly elite defenses are usually associated with raising a Lombardi trophy.

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