Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Friday Fact or Fiction for Divisional Weekend

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Friday Fact or Fiction for Divisional Weekend

If Pittsburgh can get Bell going, the passing game will open up for Roethlisberger to carry the momentum he has gained over the last two months into the playoffs. He just wants to win, and if turning around and putting the ball in the belly of his backs 50 times a game is what's best, he's all for it. It wasn't just idle talk. This is where you want to be playing your best.

"It's one of those things, like, who cares?" defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. Of course, that's not the reality.

"It'll probably never stop", Bortles said.

"Ben is the most talented guy I've ever been around", Heyward-Bey said.

The Boston Globe cited a source saying Bradford (knee) would suit up for the first time since Week 5, but the No. 1 source on all things Vikings - head coach Mike Zimmer - offered a different take. "He believes in his ability and he's going to show people on Sunday that he believes in himself". The Jaguars will figure out a way to get him more comfortable early on, most likely on some play-action shots down the field.

Still, there is this interesting contrast: Roethlisberger has a big edge over Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles when it comes to playoff experience. He finished the season with an 84.7 quarterback rating.

To combat the fearsome Jacksonville pass defense, the Steelers will need to lean on first team All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell.

SECONDARY TO NONE: Jacksonville was the only team in the National Football League that had four players who produced at least four interceptions this season.

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The last time the Jacksonville Jaguars came into Heinz Field, the 7.5-point underdogs embarrassed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers so badly, Roethlisberger wondered aloud if he didn't "have it anymore". "But you have to have that mentality that you have to prove something".

"I'm good. Ain't nothing serious, I'm pretty sure", Hargrave said.

Not that Roethlisberger would admit it even if he is. "[The game is] going to be fireworks", Tomlin said. The fact it's against the Jaguars is coincidental.

Bortles had a bit of a stretch where he was putting up real quarterback numbers and helping fantasy teams win playoff games. "You just moved on to the next play - just kept going for 60 minutes".

Heading into a Divisional Round playoff game against the Steelers, the QB spent a moment with the press talking about why he's comfortable with the criticism and jokes he deals with. We'll see if it pays off for him this weekend. "A lot of outside factors that could have been divisive for our group", Haley said. They stuck together. They pulled together tighter.

-The Denver Broncos are in the market for a quarterback this offseason, and it appears they would like a closer look at Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy victor. In fact, it was so ugly that Roethlisberger seemed to be on the brink of retirement after the game. The sound bite was just that, a bite, one that in a way played a role in his resurgence. Part has to do with the Falcons almost winning the Super Bowl last February.

After an ugly win against the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round, the Jacksonville #Jaguars will have their biggest test of the season as they go to #Pittsburgh to face off against the Steelers. "He has to have confidence in his guys".

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Tomlin was asked if he thought the All-Pro receiver would play.

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