Jaguars Have Stern Response To Steelers Looking Ahead To Patriots

Even the last time out against the Steelers, Bortles only had 95 yards passing, nine yards rushing and threw an interception. He had three hits and four hurries in the wild card game against Buffalo.

Bortles finished the regular season having completed a career-high 60.2 percent of his passes and having thrown a career-low 13 INTs. Their 68.5 quarterback rating?

Roethlisberger's thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven straight games and the Steelers ended the season with a 9-1 sprint, the lone setback a loss to New England on December 17 in which his only mistake came on a poorly executed fake spike that resulted in a game-ending pick.

The Saints hope Brees will be able to summon a repeat performance against the Vikings after making 23-of-33 passes for 376 yards last weekend, including two touchdowns. Indeed, Bortles-the favorite player of The Good Place's oft-mocked Floridian, Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto)-played a significant role in the team's first playoff win since 2007, leading the 11-6 Jaguars to victory over the Buffalo Bills.

A banged up Jacksonville linebacker group doesn't look like it should be too much of a concern Sunday afternoon when the Jaguars run out of the tunnel at Heinz Field. Jacksonville ranks second in total defense and sacks, allowing only 286.1 yards per game and racking up 55 sacks on the season.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette piled up 1,040 rushing yards and had five 100-yard games, including 181 on 28 carries against the Steelers, but his last 100-yard effort was on December 10 against Seattle. You just never know when it could be your last.

Playing the name game in this one is laughable.

Fournette said he's "10 times better" now than he was earlier this season. Jacksonville, a team who's beat Pittsburgh earlier this season. 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 unsafe offenses in the league. He passed for 3,687 yards this season, giving him at least 3,500 yards passing in each of the last three years ... Kicker Josh Lambo, acquired on October 17, made 95 percent of his field goal attempts (19-for-20) and 91.7 percent of his extra points (22-for-24). He had four receptions for 10-plus yards, including a long of 49-yards. The Jaguars allowed one kickoff return for a touchdown (103 yards).

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Behind a dominant rushing game led by Leonard Fournette and a stout defense, the Jags showed their value in Pittsburgh. His most productive game of the season came in Week 17 against Cleveland when he racked up eight tackles and two sacks. More than that, he actually rushed for more yards than he passed for, 87.

Lee was a second-round pick and Hurns was an undrafted rookie in 2014.

Even though the Jaguars are a win away from advancing to the AFC Championship game, they have hardly resembled the team that led the National Football League in rushing this season. Linebacker Telvin Smith led the way with two TDs. Obviously, he believes it was just a flat-out fluke that he threw five picks and two pick 6s in that game and he wants to show the world he ain't that guy.