JACK­SONVILLE (11-6) AT PITTS­BURGH (13-3)

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

When: 12:05 p.m. Cen­tral, Sun­day TV: CBS

At a glance: This is a re­match of the reg­u­lar sea­son game in Pitts­burgh won eas­ily by the Jaguars, 30-9, in early Oc­to­ber. Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw five in­ter­cep­tions in that game and then won­dered pub­licly whether he had it any more. He does. It’s been a lengthy break for Roeth­lis­berger and tail­back Le’Veon Bell af­ter they rested dur­ing the tri­umph over the Cleve­land Browns to close the reg­u­lar sea­son. But they’re ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who should bounce back just fine.

Quick anal­y­sis: Jack­sonville quar­ter­back Blake Bor­tles was un­der­whelm­ing in Sun­day’s 10-3 AFC wild­card win over the Buf­falo Bills. He com­pleted 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards with one touch­down and no in­ter­cep­tions and ac­tu­ally was more pro­duc­tive on the ground (10 car­ries for 88 yards) than he was through the air. But the Jaguars’ play­off hopes will live and die by how their de­fense plays, and right now, there is no team bet­ter at stop­ping the pass. In­clud­ing the play­offs, Jack­sonville is al­low­ing a league-low 68.5 passer rat­ing with a de­fen­sive front that sacks the quar­ter­back on 9.1 per­cent of pass at­tempts af­ter ad­just­ing for down, dis­tance and op­po­nent, the sec­ond-best mark in the NFL this sea­son. And when Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger is un­der pres­sure, he is much less ef­fec­tive. His passer rat­ing drops from 103.5 to 62.1 un­der pres­sure this sea­son, roughly the dif­fer­ence be­tween Drew Brees (103.9 passer rat­ing) and DeShone Kizer (60.5, the worst rat­ing by a passer this sea­son).

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