Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jaguars vs. Steelers: 3 defensive keys to victory

Jaguars vs. Steelers: 3 defensive keys to victory

"Obviously, any game that we're going to play since it's the postseason is going to be a hard opponent", Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. But the question remains: Will Pittsburgh get it?

SECONDARY TO NONE: Jacksonville was the only team in the National Football League that had four players who produced at least four interceptions this season.

Offensively, the Jaguars averaged 27.1 points and 375.1 total yards (229.8 in passing and 145.3 in rushing) per game. 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.

Against San Francisco and Tennessee, Bortles threw a combined two touchdowns and five interceptions. Pittsburgh has one mission, and that is to defeat the Patriots and get to the Super Bowl, and they certainly will not let the Jaguars get in their way in the Divisional Round. Their ability to line up four imposing pass rushers is a daunting task for the opposition to block, but the Steelers do boast the best pass protection offensive line in the NFL.

When the Jaguars have lost this season, Bortles has been more careless with his throws. "But I think just for me personally, I'd love to just prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game". "We can't allow that to happen if this game is going to unfold in the manner in which we need it to".

"It only becomes more important". You don't want to give those guys any extra opportunities or put our defense in any bad situations on our side of the field. Jacksonville is hoping that they can embarrass the offense as much as they did earlier this season. But Bell and Brown should step up this time, leaving Jags with surprising matchup challenge for the talented Jags secondary against up-and-coming TE Vance McDonald.

"Hopefully we can throw less; that would be awesome", he said.

"You have to treat every game like it could be your last because you never know when it is", Roethlisberger said this week when he met with reporters. "We're going to have to be on our Ps and Qs and try to execute the game plan as best we can".

SERIES HISTORY: 25th all-time meeting.

The Jaguars lead the all-time series against the Steelers 13-11.

Coverage of this game airs on CBS beginning at 1:05 pm ET from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Saints-Vikings game also features a high total of 46.5 points and, despite how well the Vikings defense has played this season, offers possibly the best game stack of the slate. This is the first time Jacksonville has qualified for the postseason since the 2006 season.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Steelers made plenty of mistakes in their 30-9 loss to Jacksonville during the regular season.

Roethlisberger nearly certainly won't throw five interceptions and have two returned for scores Sunday like he did in Week 5. Not for most quarterbacks, but for Bortles, I think it qualifies. Sunday will be Brown's first game back since suffering a leg injury in week 15 against the Patriots. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008.

"We're going to play [the Patriots] again". I think that's what we're all in this tournament chasing. Bouye to offer his response. "This is what he wanted, so this is what he is going to get". Tim Tebow, whose sporadic completions seemed often to be the product of divine coincidence, connected on 10 of 21 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns in the Denver overtime win.

Roethlisberger didn't mean it. Call it a visceral reaction to having two of his 55 passes returned the other way for game-deciding touchdowns. The Jaguars could repeat that success from 2007 on Sunday.

Steelers Pass Offense vs. Jags Pass Defense: Jacksonville wants Pittsburgh to pass 40-50 times Sunday afternoon, into the strength of their team.

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