After the Titans beat Jacksonville 15-10 in Week 17 to clinch a playoff spot, Tennessee defensive tackle Jurrell Casey went on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville and said, "as long as Bortles is back there, if the ball game is in his hands, he's going to choke."
Xavier Rhodes limited Thomas to 50 yards the first time they played and will be tasked once again at shadowing Thomas on Sunday.
Pittsburgh will be gearing up to get revenge with the recent memory of that embarrassing regular season loss.
It's certainly a bold prediction to make, especially after we called for some struggles for Roethlisberger, but Bell reaching the 100-yard mark is possible if everything goes right for Pittsburgh. 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.
Roethlisberger threw 55 passes in that Week 5 matchup, netting just 5.67 yards per attempt with no touchdowns and a whopping five interceptions.
Although Roethlisberger has played better, he should still be wary of a dominant Jacksonville defense. That could leave Steelers' depth receiver Eli Rogers, who won't have to deal with Pro Bowl corners Jalen Ramsey or A.J. Bouye very often in the slot. The Jaguars are the only team ever to defeat Pittsburgh twice at Heinz Field in one season (2007). In April, he committed to a 14th National Football League season. Jacksonville does not have a cadre of reliable pass-catchers, and this aerial attack has looked bad in the past two weeks - with a 15-for-34, two-interception Bortles day against the Titans (albeit in a meaningless game for the Jags) preceding the Bill debacle.
Brown injured his ankle during practice on Wednesday.
- And you going to have to- but this game is really set up for what Jacksonville can do, they can run the football and play defense, now those things never go- it doesn't matter about the rain, doesn't matter how cold it is.
But a Jaguars injury may have just as much to do with Steelers' success as Antonio Brown's ability to play at a high level.
The biggest weak point of either team is Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Playing the name game in this one is laughable. Jacksonville lost both games. In his first, Bortles passed for only 87 yards in last week' 10-3 win over Buffalo.
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. "We'll bring him back in the building (Saturday) and continue with his game readiness". Roethlisberger won't throw a handful of interceptions again, and Bell will likely carry that offense against a D that is beatable on the ground. Expect the Steelers to be able to put the ball in the end zone in the rematch.