Steelers prepping for heavy dose of Jacksonville's run game

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Steelers prepping for heavy dose of Jacksonville's run game

The first touchdown was a 2-yarder in the second quarter and the second was a 90-yarder on his 28th and final carry.

-Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a big edge over Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles when it comes to playoff experience. Because he took the handoff from Blake Bortles, leaped from inside the 5-yard line and landed a yard deep in the end zone.

NOTES: CB Artis Burns (hyperextended right knee) did not practice Thursday but is hoping to play Sunday. Defensively, the Steelers are yielding 19.2 points and 306.9 total yards (201.1 in passing and 105.8 in rushing) per game.

And it has nothing to do with the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wanting payback for the Jaguars' 30-9 victory in Pittsburgh on October 8. The top receiver in the game finished with 1,533 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis, fullback Tommy Bohanon and defensive tackle Abry Jones practiced fully Thursday.

"He can make all the plays", Marrone said.

"Obviously, we have to do a good job there, but we have to do a good job for 60 minutes and in all areas".

Bortles' struggles in his first three seasons in Jacksonville have turned him into a national punching bag of sorts, the subject of a mocking Twitter account with the handle.

More of the same likely arrives this weekend. Never one to go into great detail about how he goes about his job, Roethlisberger insists he's focused simply on playing well. That's one reason why the team spent last week - the bye week they earned during the opening weekend of National Football League playoffs - going over some of the issues they've had on defense. However, Linder is an upgrade in pass protection and Bortles - as mentioned before - will probably be asked to pass a lot more in this game.

"We got a little behind the 8-ball when we played them the first time", Bell said Wednesday. We have to create space for (quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger).

Bortles included. For all of his occasional issues throwing the ball, Bortles can make up for it with his legs. He had four runs of 10 yards or more. DE Yannick Ngakoue and the Rams' DT Aaron Donald are only players in National Football League with at least 10 sacks (12 for Ngakoue) and five FF (6).

"People talk about his skillset or whatever", Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said. We sort of assumed, taking our best guess, that they would win this game last Sunday. "Our job is to be able to cover". The Jaguars defense intercepted five passes and returned two for touchdowns. His teammate, A.J. Bouye, is dynamic as well.

The City of Jacksonville is staging a "Sack the Steelers Send-Off" Friday afternoon at City Hall and Mayor Lenny Curry wants you there wearing your gear and ready to cheer. You don't want that to happen. "Just get him to step up in the pocket, we can chase him down then".

The highest game total of the week belongs the Titans-Patriots (47 points), with the Pats being huge 13-point favorites.

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