Two-time Super Bowl victor Roethlisberger has yet to confirm whether or not he intends to return for the Steelers next season, but hinted this week he was not ready to call time on his career. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 337 yards, two touchdowns and three picks in a loss to the David Garrard-led Jags. Roethlisberger in particular finished the season on an upswing, posting a 102.7 quarterback rating in the 11 games since that point.
In the regular season game with Jacksonville, Bell was only able to gain 47 yards rushing, while all-pro receiver Antonio Brown had a big game, making 10 catches for 157 yards. He ran for only 47 yards on 15 carries in the first game and complained about his usage after the game, saying the coaching staff abandoned the run too early.
Burns, rated as the 51st corner by Pro Football Focus this year, led the team with 13 passes defensed to go along with one interception.
So then you might be surprised to learn that their defense was actually one of the most highly-exploited when it comes to allowing big plays.
Much of Jacksonville's burden for stopping Bell could fall to linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack.
Still, the Jaguars have struggled in their past three games to establish the run.
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He completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Whether this matchup truly manifests remains unclear.
Regardless of the outcome, the game between Pittsburgh and Jacksonville presents numerous DFS options for daily fantasy owners, including a possible sneaky tight end play or two. He spoke publicly after last season of his contemplation of retirement, only to return for a 14 season as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and take another shot, at age 35, at a third Super Bowl triumph.
Despite Bortles' limitations, Jacksonville has the NFL's sixth-best total offense (365.9), fifth-ranked scoring offense (26.1), and the league's top rushing attack (141.4).
Starting right guard A.J. Cann predicts the Jaguars running game will be better on Sunday. Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert have also been playing well as of late. Teams that have found success against Jacksonville have found the path to victory on the ground. Yet even with a stronger offensive line and supporting cast, duplicating or improving upon that production in the divisional round could be hard. If there is a way to beat the Vikings with running backs it is in the passing game, and there Kamara is without a doubt the most dynamic receiving running back this year.
And part has to do with Nick Foles being the Eagles' quarterback instead of the injured Carson Wentz. Ben yearns to prove he can beat them. The Titans' hopes for pulling off the upset likely depend on generating pressure, the same key that opponents have been looking to for years. Bortles had been much more productive through the air during a three-game stretch from December 3 through December 1, when he completed a combined 71.4 percent of his passes (65-for-91) for 903 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.