Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey limited in practice

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey limited in practice

Looking ahead to the Steelers upcoming rematch against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I'm getting the feeling of déjà vu.

Jacksonville is also a different squad, so it's worth taking into account their evolution as well. Blake Bortles must be given a wall of protection to throw effective passes. The squad is 2-6 when he gives the ball up.

PREDICTION: If Roethlisberger throws five interceptions against the Jags again, he just might rekindle talk of retirement.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles deals with more criticism than any other starting quarterback in football, namely because he's not a good quarterback and he plays for a good football team that is now in the midst of a playoff run.

For what it's worth, Bortles' mobility has aided him when he has not been able to accomplish anything through the air.

Despite missing the final two games of the regular season, Lee still led the team in catches with 56 and had 702 yards and three touchdowns receiving. The Steelers lost in Week 5 to the Jaguars 30-9. 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." LB T.J. Watt was only National Football League rookie with at least five sacks (7), and an interception (1).

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Steelers TE Vance McDonald emerged as a bigger threat in the passing game during the second half of the season.

Bell proved to be a clutch playoff performer in his first postseason exposure past year, rushing for 167 and 170 yards against the Dolphins and Chiefs. He has collected just three during the most recent grouping of five games.

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If he has a bad game, the Steelers will have difficulty stopping the Jaguars attack.

The Jaguars, whose strength is their defense, have much of everything in place for success. On the season, the Jaguars scored 26.1 points per game, and allowed 16.8 per game.

The Steelers haven't backed away from the issues they've had defensively this season, but sometimes it's hard to work on problems in the middle of a season when there's also concern about preparing for the next opponent.

While the run defense has improved, the issues have not been completely solved.

How will the Jaguars approach the game? That's a 25-yard per game drop, which is progress. RB Le'Veon Bell was No. 2 in National Football League with 1,946 yards from scrimmage. In Week 5's matchup, Brandon Linder did not play. Center Brandon Linder missed his first game of the season with an illness. The Jaguars must control the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively.

Since Week 14, the line has been in relatively good shape. The Jaguars also beat the Steelers 31-29 the last time the teams faced off in the playoffs in January 2008.

Tyler Shatley played well in Linder's absence during the initial clash against the Steelers. As a team, Jacksonville averaged 6.2 yards on 37 carries, never letting Pittsburgh back into the lopsided game.

The Jaguars have their top five offensive linemen available. They stuck together. They pulled together tighter.

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