AFC Scout's Take
Jacksonville is obviously playing very well in all three phases of the game right now. But what jumps out at you is how quarterback
What you have to do with Jacksonville is make it one-dimensional on offense. That's the whole key to beating it. If you can slow down that running game and make the Jags throw it, you've got a chance, because they don't have great receivers. They've got some guys trying to come into their own, but that's the weak part of their offense.
Jaguars offensive coordinator
Pittsburgh's going to rush four or five guys from every which way, and one of the benefits of that is they'd like to make Jacksonville's running backs,
With Jacksonville winning at Pittsburgh in Week 15, it gives it a certain level of confidence that it can go back in there and beat a team that's very tough in their own building. Psychologically, there's an edge you have by having gone in there before and gotten it done. But it won't be easy. That's a hard place for anyone to play. What the Jaguars did in the first game that was so impressive was just beat the Steelers up on both sides of the line of scrimmage. It'll be interesting to see if Pittsburgh can change that this time.
The Steelers haven't been playing too well, but they're still dangerous because they're at home. They're going to have their juices flowing. It's playoff time. And I think they're going to have a little extra because they're actually the underdog in their own place. And they know what it's like to be an underdog in the playoffs, because that's the role they were in when they won a Super Bowl two years ago. I think they may even like being in that position.
Pittsburgh is wounded and they've lost three out of their last four, but it does help that they've been here before and know what the playoffs are like. Without
That's a different Steelers defense when
I've been really impressed with
The Titans are going to be OK if they have to play
Whoever plays quarterback, Tennessee doesn't want to be dropping back 40 times in this game, because
Defensively, Tennessee needs big games from defensive end
I think it just took some time for him and the team to get a trust and respect for each other. It also seems like it took some time for Norv to trust and believe he could just hand the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. He must have said at some point, 'Man, I'm a dummy. Why am I not just giving this guy the ball more?' Once he started doing that, it really helped set up the rest of the offense.
I know everyone says Philip Rivers has had a down year, an off year. But you don't know if the offense changed under Norv Turner, or how having a different person calling the plays affected him. There's a lot that goes with a change of coordinators some times. He's still a good, young quarterback and he's going to keep getting better the more he plays. He still plays very composed and confident.
San Diego cornerback