With Shazier out for the season, Williams has been thrust into the role as the quarterback of the Steelers' defense, while the veteran Spence is charged with helping to slow down the league's top rushing attack.
One can't blame Jacksonville Jaguars fans for seeing their team's just barely pulling out a victory against one of the worst playoff teams we've ever seen as a masterful performance-it'd been a decade since the Jags' last playoff victory, and their last postseason win before that came eight years prior.
In Week 5, Bortles was knocked down twice by unblocked pass rushers. Burns had one interception this season.
It happened week after week until Bortles finally stopped throwing Ramsey's way. DE Cameron Heyward led team and tied for 3rd in AFC with career-high 12 sacks ... The trash-talking cornerback has a flair for frustrating quarterbacks and receivers and the ability to essentially shut down one side of the field. "I am looking forward to a great game and seeing that attractive Steelers smoke detector in Chief Wilson's office", Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones said in a release.
"Jason, I can't predict the future", Michael says.
The Steelers sent Brown home from practice Friday due to an illness, though he's going to play Sunday. "He is, though. That's the truth about him". Brown caught 10 passes in the first meeting and had an NFL-high 1,533 receiving yards in the regular season.
"Maybe I don't have it anymore", Roethlisberger said after the loss, which included five interceptions and two pick sixes. "Highly regarded by everybody, honestly, around the nation or maybe internationally. We realise that health is a blessing in this game, but when we lack it we're not going to allow it to be an excuse".
THE DAREUS FACTOR: The Jaguars allowed 138.6 rushing yards per game and ranked 30th in the National Football League in run defense through the first seven games.
Brown suffered the calf injury early in the December 17 loss to New England and missed the two subsequent games. But Ramsey has since started following the top wideout for every opponent all over the field, and he's had rousing success against Houston's DeAndre Hopkins, Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton, Cincinnati's A.J. Green, Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, Los Angeles Chargers' Keenan Allen and San Francisco's Marquise Goodwin. Linebacker Telvin Smith led the way with two TDs.
Added Bouye: "Everything he's accomplished, he's worked for it".
The Jaguars and Steelers have faced off 24 times since 1995 with Jacksonville actually leading the all-time series 13-11, believe it or not. He has a rare combination of size, speed, instincts, ball skills and body control.
There's a good chance they'll meet again on Sunday.
His matchup against Brown will be his next - and maybe his best - challenge.