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I'm Gonna Puke: A Jaguars vs Steelers Preview

If you would have told me at the beginning of this season that the Jaguars were playing in the division round, I wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, I thought that this team would go about 3-13. It would make sense. In the last 6 years, the team has hovered just around that mark. From Blaine Gabbert to Blake Bortles, the quarterback play has been straight up bad in Jacksonville. I knew that the defense should be pretty good. Jalen Ramsey, AJ Bouye, Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler, and Yannick Ngakoue. The defense was going to be good. I had no idea that they would be this good. But, are they good enough to beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh in the divisional round? I sure as shit hope so.

I think this game will be all about the 1st quarter. If the Jaguars get a lead, they have a good chance. If the first quarter ends with them down anything more than 1 score, the game is over. The Jaguars simply aren’t built to come from behind… haha kinda funny… ya know.. doggie style. Here’s my key to the game. If Blake Bortles can throw for 210 yards and have two touchdowns with no turnovers, the Jaguars win this game. If Blake has two turnovers, there’s no chance Jacksonville plays in New England next week. Antonio Brown will have some big plays. Bell will have some big plays. Everyone else has gotta be shut down.

What I would like to see is the Jaguars play some New England style of defense. I would like to see AJ Bouye matched up on Antonio Brown with safety help on his side. Leave Jalen Ramsey on JuJu and let that be an island. Aaron Colvin is one of the best-tackling nickels in the game which is huge against a running back group like the Steelers have. Press-man coverage with safety help over the top on Antonio Brown’s side of the field. The Jaguars rely on their front four to bring pressure. They are 30th in the league on blitz rate. Because of that, the Jaguars struggles have usually been with quick mobile quarterbacks like Mariota, Jimmy GQ, and Russell Wilson. Big Ben isn’t that. If the Jaguars play press and the front four can make Big Ben uncomfortable, the Jaguars have a shot. If the Jaguars need to start blitzing to bring pressure, Ben will find slants open and the Steelers are great at turning those into long gains.

Prediction: 24-20 Jaguars

I’m gonna puke.