Blake Bortles compares the criticism he receives to LeBron James

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The Steelers, who are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, have won 10 of 11.

The Falcons' top-10 run defense should be able to neutralize the Eagles' attempt to balance their attack. That was Week 5 of the season. Roethlisberger threw five interceptions and the Steelers picked off Bortles once. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in that loss, which dropped Pittsburgh to 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS on the year.

This was always part of Le'Veon Bell's business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he chose to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender.

Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone knows it won't be easy coming to Pittsburgh and facing the Steelers for the second time, stating plain and simple that it will be a challenge. Three runs by Jones-Drew (and a penalty for delay of game) later, kicker Josh Scobee was called on for a 25-yard field goal.

On Sunday, Bortles will look to lead Jacksonville to its first AFC Championship game since the 1999 season when the team goes to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

First, the pass-rush of Watt, Dupree, Heyward and Tuitt and that bunch will offer a stern test for Bortles, a guy who has had his footwork and decision-making under pressure questioned from just about the first game he has played in the National Football League. In Week 5 they abandoned the run game, if they run heavy could it work?

The Jaguars have now held eight of their 17 opponents to single digits.

It's impossible to talk about the Jaguar defense without discussing Jalen Ramsey. Brown only player in National Football League history with five straight seasons with 100-plus receptions.

Jacksonville is a run-heavy team.

There was another memorable play in that game: Fournette waving on safety Mike Mitchell. Fournette can also catch the ball out of the backfield, hauling in 36 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown.

The Jaguars averaged 3.58 yards a carry over the final seven weeks of the regular season, ranking 30th in the NFL. Campbell was a wrecking ball against the Bills on Sunday and was credited with two quarterback hits, four hurries, six quarterback pressures and four run stops. Allen Hurns and Westbrook combined for 776 yards dn three touchdowns. Officials overturned the completion, saying Clay was out of bounds and setting up a third-and-10 play from the Jacksonville 48-yard line. Outside of the New England Patriots, there isn't a more consistent victor in the AFC. The wild-card game is the only time these two teams played in the postseason. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will be the most important player for the Steelers, as his ability to run against a stout Jaguars defense will be important. If he can be effective, it will be a big boost for a Steelers offense that relies heavily on their All-Pro receiver.

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