Ryan Shazier's absence from the Steelers' lineup could be big vs. Jags

HOUSTON TX- DECEMBER 25 Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass in the first quarter as Alejandro Villanueva #78 blocks Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium

He appeared in all 16 games, including five starts, collecting 39 tackles.

Yes, Le'Veon Bell is threatening to retire, two days before a huge playoff game, for Mike Tomlin, for Big Ben, for Le'Veon Bell, and for the Steelers. A second triumph over the Steelers this season probably would require a performance by Bortles and the Jaguars' offense far different from what transpired this past weekend. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks.

Pittsburgh has been almost unbeatable since they hosted Jacksonville. The Jaguars must control the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively.

When the Jaguars have lost this season, Bortles has been more careless with his throws.

Although Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in Week 5, he was sacked just twice.

We weren't able to get around to talking about every single notable player for the Pittsburgh Steelers during our midseason evaluations at the bye week, so as we have another bye week and a brief pause in football, I wanted to take this time to circle back a bit and highlighting a few more players who played an undervalued role for the team this year.

"It only becomes more important".

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Jacksonville defeated Pittsburgh 30-9 earlier this season. But he set career-lows in the opener against Houston when he was 11-for-21. All four games this week offer good team stacking options from both sides (yes, even the Jags), as well as some intriguing game stacks for NFL DFS contest. This has plagued the Steeler D all year and couldn't be more evident than when Leonard Fournette ran for 181 yards including a 90 yard explosion on a power run play to seal the game late in the fourth quarter. Why would Roethlisberger respond publicly, to the confusion at the end of the Patriots game, with this statement?

"Whatever it takes to keep those guys off balance", said Bell, who broke the franchise postseason single-game rushing record with 170 yards in last year's divisional round against. I've made a lot of money, I'm happy where I'm at, I've got a good family. Is it because they know he's the best assistant coordinator out there? No.

SERIES HISTORY: 25th all-time meeting. Getting an early lead is key forcing the Jaguars to have to throw the ball and put Bortles in possession to turn over the ball.

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

The Steelers also won't underestimate Jacksonville this time. This is the first time Jacksonville has qualified for the postseason since the 2006 season.

Prediction: I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Jaguars found a way to win this one, but beating the Steelers twice on the road in one season is a hell of a task and that quarterback battle is quite lopsided. Not only was Roethlisberger intercepted five times, the Jaguars returned two for touchdowns.

"I am not thinking about that right now", Roethlisberger said, via CBS Sports.

Brown did not play in Pittsburgh's final two regular-season games after suffering a calf injury in Week 15.

The Jaguars defense certainly hasn't changed much. Then, they beat Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs 31-29. Roethlisberger plays to win, and nobody competes harder to do so. I think that's what we're all in this tournament chasing. "We'll see how the game goes".