Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Pressure on ’Killer Bs’ to finally deliver as they look to banish Jags demons

PITTSBURGH begin their latest attempt to dethrone the New England Patriots as top dogs in the AFC against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Not only do the Steelers have one of the most expectant fan bases in the world, they carry the hopes of almost the entire National Football League.

Many feel that the only team capable of going to Gillette Stadium and winning would be Mike Tomlin's Steelers.

And first, they face a team who wiped the floor with them on their own back yard in October.

Jacksonville travelled to Heinz Field in week five of the regular-season without much hope given to them by anyone outside of their locker room.

The Jags defence picked off Ben Roethlisberger five times, held Le'Veon Bell to just 47 rushing yards and kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone.

Running back Leonard Fournette racked up 181 yards and two touchdowns in a dominant 30-9 victory that sent shock waves through the league.


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Jacksonville announced themselves as contenders on that day, and their formula of strong defence and running the ball has carried them this far.

Against Buffalo last week, quarterback Blake Bortles threw for just 87 yards but ran for 88 in a grinding 10-3 victory.

Coach Doug Marrone admitted being concerned about his offence but this defence looked spectacular once again and could give Roethlisberger even more nightmares on Sunday.

All that said, the Jaguars are still underdogs this weekend.

Pittsburgh's play-off experience and star offensive playmakers are expected to get the better and seal a trip back to the AFC Championship Game.

But the pressure is all on wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell to finally make a Super Bowl run.

It's rare that a team would have the best receiver in the league and the best running back to go with it, and the Steelers need to deliver sooner rather than later.

They tamely surrendered in the AFC Championship Game last year in New England and are desperate for another crack at Tom Brady and Co.

But first they must banish the demons from their thrashing by Jacksonville earlier this season.

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