New England Patriots: Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Mitchell guarantees win over Patriots

The Steeler offense has become more well-rounded and potent since the last time Jacksonville came to town.

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Heinz Field, TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter).

SERIES HISTORY: 25th all-time meeting.

Just days away from a rematch with Jacksonville, the Steelers will look to overcome the 30-9 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Jaguars on October 8.

The Jags' game plan last Sunday against the Bills was super conservative, and with Blake Bortles struggling one could see why.

Fournette's display against Pittsburgh was key earlier in the season, as he rushed for 181 yards.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, who contemplated retirement in the offseason, was asked about Sunday's divisional round playoff with the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially being his last at Heinz Field. "I think that for our players, we do understand that it's different".

For Pittsburgh, they could have their star wide receiver back, as Antonio Brown went down late in the regular season with a calf injury.

Blake Bortles ran for more yards (88) than he passed for (87).

"We're going to play [the Patriots] again", Mitchell told MMQB in a recent interview. "I would want another shot at us too". But Jacksonville is not great against the run. But it is unlikely Roethlisberger makes as many mistakes this time as he did in that game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a bye to the divisional round by virtue of their 13-3 regular season record, including wins in 10 of their last 11 games down the stretch.

Said Big Ben of playoff experience: "When you've played in a lot of them, you still just treat it like a football game". "It's a little bit faster each game". Things weren't going well.

"We embrace that", linebacker Myles Jack said. Since the Jaguars won in Week 5, here is a blueprint for another victory in Pittsburgh.

Malik Jackson, who predicted before the season that the Jaguars would win the Super Bowl, still feels confident.

It is a measure of just how low the bar has fallen for the Jaguars' offense that All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey was this enthused about the team's production in Sunday's win over the Bills in the AFC wild-card round. The defense is young and terrific, and rookie running back Leonard Fournette certainly appears to be the real deal. This is the type of defense that can beat the Steelers or the Patriots or well anyone for that matter.

"I don't go into a game feeling achy or sore", Bell said.

ANSWER: When the Jacksonville franchise joined the National Football League for the 1995 season, the Jaguars were placed in the AFC Central Division, along with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Houston. While Jacksonville is very talented on defense they faced the Steelers during a time when the offense was not on point. Forget? In short, the main narrative was that the Jaguars run defense was bad and that was based pretty much on the fact that they had allowed an average of 5.71 yards per rush in their first four games. Roethlisberger has thrown 16 touchdowns in that span, more than any other quarterback. In the receiving end, Keelan Cole posted 715 yards and three touchdowns while Marqise lee added 702 yards and three touchdowns. That something will likely be Calais Campbell wrecking shop on the right side of the line.

Insulting Bortles' abilities is en vogue in the NFL. And that pass rush is what led to Roethlisberger forcing hurried passes that were just off-target enough to be intercepted or tipped into picks last time.

We know the success the Steelers have had since 1969. The Steelers were still getting JuJu Smith-Schuster integrated into the offense. DE Cameron Heyward led team and tied for 3rd in AFC with career-high 12 sacks ...

Roethlisberger isn't likely to throw five picks again, but the Jaguars' ferocious pass rush can certainly make life hard for him. Fournette yelled a few things, too.

  • Julie Sanders