Will Antonio Brown play on Sunday?

Will Antonio Brown play on Sunday?

We have an AFC divisional round matchup from Heinz Field as the Jacksonville Jaguars face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in National Football League action on Sunday afternoon.

So the Jaguars won and will make a return trip to Pittsburgh, home of their proudest recent moment as a franchise. 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 risky offenses in the league.

STAT THAT MATTERS: The Jaguars are one of two teams that has a winning record against the Steelers at Heinz Field since 2004 (4-1).

Early in the game, Jacksonville showed a lot of tight man and off-man looks, with a single high safety. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were held to just 68 combined yards from scrimmage in a wild-card win over the Carolina Panthers thanks in part to an athletic linebacking corps that prevented the Pro Bowl duo from turning the corner and finding open-field space.

- Parker Hurley is Pittsburgh Steelers team manager of Full Press Coverage. But they let a large percentage of those explosive plays get by them.

The quarterback who will stride onto the field Sunday for a rematch against the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs has his swagger back.

Now the Jaguars have a chance to replicate this result with their second win in Pittsburgh on the season.

On offense, the Steelers probably have more risky weapons than anyone.

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To combat the fearsome Jacksonville pass defense, the Steelers will need to lean on first team All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell.

Perhaps he's forgetting the Jaguars beat the Steelers 30-9 during the regular season in Week 5.

But what about that matchup in Week 5? He was incapable of making those plays throwing but was able to use his feet to pick up 88 yards in a sloppy win for the Jaguars.

Jacksonville opened the season by blowing out the Houston Texans on the road behind 10 sacks and four forced turnovers. His passer rating of 84.7 was No. 20 among the quarterbacks listed in the NFL's weekly statistics release, ahead of, among others, Carson Palmer (84.4), Cam Newton (80.7), Joe Flacco (80.4), Eli Manning (80.4) and Marcus Mariota (79.3).

In the final six games of the season, Roethlisberger threw for 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

However, Roethlisberger's interception total won't be a total hindrance on Pittsburgh's success, as it will find a way to finish off the upstart Jags in the fourth quarter. Mande told USA Today that he had just done a series of stand-up shows in Jacksonville when creating the character, which inspired him to make Jason a Jaguars fan.

Leonard Fournette had his breakout game against the Steelers, with 181 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. The Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley netted 101 rushing yards in last week's wild-card game but still was largely kept in check.

As far as Bortles goes, he probably won't put up big numbers. Also, Jacksonville will pass more often on first down to loosen up the defense. In nine games after the arrival of defensive tackle Marcel Dareus from Buffalo, Jacksonville allowed 98.9 yards per game on the ground and ended up No. 21 in run defense. But betting against Kamara, even with the Saints traveling north to take on the No.1 ranked Vikings defense, is not something I would recommend. Bell wonders if the Steelers were affected by the Jaguars' past failures entering that Week 5 matchup.

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