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AFC Divisional Round Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jaguars held the Bills to three points last week in their 10-3 Wild-Card victory to get to this spot. When playing a team with a good defense, ball control is important to keeping the Steelers defense off the field. They lost their leader in Shazier, but they are much better up front and have shown the ability to shift from zone to man coverage. Or it could be because neither offense is very good.

Picking Blake Bortles and the lowly Jaguars to win a playoff game in Pittsburgh would understandably be hard for many.

For the Steelers that often means making sure Bell is a vital part of the process.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Heinz Field. 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.

After rewriting Rice's record books, Chris Boswell has become a record-setting kicker in just three years in the NFL.

A win is a win is a win.

Jacksonville's defense hasn't waned in its intensity since then and will be the No. 1 obstacle to the Steelers reaching the AFC championship game for the second year in a row. But, in this game - the Pittsburgh Steelers win, and win easily.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, who contemplated retirement in the offseason, was asked about Sunday's divisional round playoff with the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially being his last at Heinz Field. So-who's going to win this one?

ANSWER: When the Jacksonville franchise joined the National Football League for the 1995 season, the Jaguars were placed in the AFC Central Division, along with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Houston. Taking away the running game and forcing Borltes to throw is the key to victory for the Steelers. In last meeting, totaled 181 yards rushing with two TDs, including a 90-yarder ... He didn't hesitate to question his relatively light workload during a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville on October 8.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are happy to be at home for this game, but know they will have a tough time if they are forced to go on the road next week. Both are talented but one is a young team that has never been here in the playoffs before, the other is a franchise that expects to go on a playoff run every year.

Jags fan Derek Odom met up with Mendenhall this morning to pay for his seat and for his brother's seat. OL B.J. Finney, who sustained thigh and ankle injuries in the regular-season finale against the Browns, was limited in practice.

Bell proved to be a clutch playoff performer in his first postseason exposure a year ago, rushing for 167 and 170 yards against the Dolphins and Chiefs. If it was not or tipped and dropped balls he would have had much better statistics against Jacksonville in that first game.

The Bortles led Jags managed just 10 points in the AFC Wildcard round win over Buffalo. The Steelers can't afford to have any weaknesses in their defense. "It's everything. There is not one thing".

Only four teams finished the regular season ahead of Pittsburgh in total defense. In the first game, back in week five, Jacksonville throttled Pittsburgh behind a dominate defensive performance and strong effort from the running game.

Cornerback Joe Haden is one of the veterans that have yet to appear in a postseason game, despite being in his eighth season in the league.

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