FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

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1 THE HEALTH OF AN­TO­NIO BROWN: The great Steel­ers WR vs. Jack­sonville’s tremen­dous cor­ner­back duo of Jalen Ram­sey and A.J. Bouye would be the hands-down key matchup for this game, if it were cer­tain Brown will play. He hasn’t suited up since Dec. 17 af­ter tear­ing his right calf. Team­mates said he daz­zled in prac­tice this week. The Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette re­ported there “is ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion” Brown will play and “be in full form.” But Brown was sent home ill Fri­day, to quar­an­tine him from other play­ers, coach Mike Tom­lin said. On Satur­day re­ports said Brown had the stom­ach flu but would take part in usual walk-throughs and team ac­tiv­i­ties. His avail­abil­ity and ef­fec­tive­ness for Sun­day re­mains un­known. WILL BIG BEN TAKE SACKS, RATHER THAN THROW PICKS? Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger for a cou­ple of sea­sons had shown a dis­turb­ing propen­sity to throw too many risky passes. Al­most as bad as an end-of-ca­reer Brett Favre. But Big Ben­has cleaned that up over the past three months. He will be pres­sured by the Jaguars, and of­ten. Some­times he must just take the sack. CAN BLAKE BOR­TLES COM­PLETE SIM­PLE PASSES? Don’t snicker. By the sec­ond half against Buf­falo, he was strug­gling big-time. Sim­ple screens, dumpoffs and crossers — kept miss­ing ’em. Ev­ery­one knows Bor­tles has it in him to get hot. Can he? JACK­SONVILLE SWAG­GER: These Jaguars do not lack for con­fi­dence. “The mo­ment I got here from the Tex­ans, what I no­ticed about the vibe in the locker room was this, like, supreme con­fi­dence,” Eli Ankou, the rookie de­fen­sive line­man from Ottawa, told Post­media. “Play­ers trust in the amount of work they put in. They trust each other.” CAN JAGS BOT­TLE UP LE’VEON BELL AGAIN? You have to think no team can do it twice in the same sea­son if he’s healthy. Bell had only 47 rush­ing yards last time they met.

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Le’Veon Bell strug­gled the pre­vi­ous time he played against Jack­sonville. Jags QB Blake Bor­tles (5) missed many of his re­ceivers last week against Buf­falo.

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