I feel like I was able to run with good speed.
When the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense takes the field Sunday they will have all 11 starters they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers with Week 5, which should definitely help when dealing with a veteran like Ben Roethlisberger.
Well according to the experts, the Steelers are going to right the wrongs of the regular season with some playoff payback.
Questions swirled surrounding the status of three other Steelers starters, but each of those defensive players on Friday insisted he will play against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville's game plan has changed slightly since the first meeting. Roethlisberger stated after the Steelers' Week 17 victory over Cleveland that he wanted another shot at the Jaguars to avenge his early season performance. That was the Jaguars' first victory in the series since beating the Steelers, 31-29, in an AFC wild-card game after the 2007 season. "Tempo!" in an effort to get his teammates to pick up the pace, not always an easy task more than 5 months into the season. "He knows that we're going to go out there and try and make plays for him".
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette piled up 1,040 rushing yards and had five 100-yard games, including 181 on 28 carries against the Steelers, but his last 100-yard effort was on December 10 against Seattle. Roethlisberger is averaging 298 yards passing since that forgettable three hours against the NFL's top defense.
The Jaguars also boast the best passing defense in the National Football League, holding opponents to 169.9 yards per game and leading the National Football League with 21 interceptions. However, Jacksonville struggled to find offense against a subpar Bills defense, and that won't fly when you take on one of the best all-around teams in the league that has revenge on their mind after one of their 3 losses this season. The unit recorded 55 sacks on the season, second to only the Steelers.
Against the Steelers in week five, Ramsey played a huge role, intercepting Roethlisberger once and getting seven tackles, while Campbell had four tackles and four quarterback hits. It also alleviates some of the pressure off star running back Le'Veon Bell to be more effective in the running game.
His presence will shift standout rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster back to being the secondary option in the passing behind Brown. Tuitt and starting cornerback Artie Burns suffered injuries this week that could keep them out of the game Sunday. The Steelers likely must go through? Five of those interceptions came in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars in Pittsburgh in October; two were returned for touchdowns, and Roethlisberger wondered aloud after the game if he still had it any more. Although Bortles had the best regular season in his career, in which he threw only 13 interceptions and completed 60 percent of his passes, he has played badly in his last two games of the season.
Oh and how about those five interceptions? The game left both teams 3-2 and seemingly headed in different directions. Jacksonville is 4-1 when Fournette surpasses 100 yards rushing.