Jaguars vs. Steelers: Picks, predictions and odds


No camp meant less wear and tear on the legs that are pivotal to his team's Super Bowl hopes.

You could really say the quarterback is critical in every game, but this game the Steelers will need Ben to play like he has at the second half of the season. "I can't complain. This is the freshest I've ever been going into the playoffs".

Personally, I do think that weather is a big factor into players abilities. The Jaguars will look to continue that surprising stretch of success this Sunday when they visit the Steelers in the divisional round.

Both AFC South representatives are significant underdogs, the Titans at New England on Saturday night, the Jaguars at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Bell knows Pittsburgh's best chance to finally unseat the Patriots is with his No. 26 featured prominently.

Fournette is facing more stacked lines of scrimmage than any running back in the league. That's the best way to try and attack the Jaguars. "It's not a coincidence that he mentioned "$17 million" during one freestyle session over the summer.

Surprisingly, Fournette, who ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for the season, doesn't list that among his top plays as a rookie.

"He got away with that push", Bouye said. Heinz field will be rocking and Roethlisberger is hungry for revenge in what should be a mouth watering clash between elite offense and defense. He does everything. That's right up his alley. I don't see him doing it. You just have to roll with it.

Yet Bell is at the point in his career where what happens from September through December is no longer the point.

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"I see everybody cheering the whole night talking about their best and favorite times of the season", Mendenhall said. It's not like it's bulletin-board material that he wants to play us. "I think we can climb to the moon and farther".

ANSWER: All players on the 53-man roster are paid the playoff stipend for each round of the postseason, whether they are active on game day or not.

The pass defense once again will be critical in determining whether the Jaguars score an upset against the Steelers at Heinz Field. He finished with 88 yards on the ground, becoming the first quarterback since Atlanta's Michael Vick in 2004 to win a playoff game with more rushing yards than passing.

How will the Jaguars approach the game? "It's not like we're going to shut it down for a couple plays and they're going to pass the rest of the game".

It is a bit unusual to see Bell nearly do a complete 180 from the comments he made earlier in the day.

As a result, the public has gone cold against Philadelphia as the former NFC front-runners are three-point home underdogs andtwo-thirds of the bets are on Atlanta to win by a field goal or more.

It sounds like a lot because it is a lot. New Orleans has had an impressive offense for years behind quarterback Drew Brees, and for the past few years, it's been the defense that's kept the Saints out of the playoffs. There will be no shot necessary on Sunday. "For me personally, I'd love to prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game".

"It was exactly what I wanted, but not the outcome I wanted", Ramsey said. "He's eager about it. We've got to pick it up in all the areas and do a better job offensively". Shazier has been an emotional touchstone for the Steelers in their playoff preparations - he was on the sidelines for Wednesday's practice, as well.