OT: Jaguars beat the Steelers

Submitted by Dennis on January 14th, 2018 at 4:48 PM
What if Chortles gets hurt and it's Henne vs. Brady: the ultimate Michigan QB showdown? I can dream.

Comments

Perkis-Size Me

January 14th, 2018 at 5:00 PM ^

Don’t be so sure. The teams that have beaten Brady in the postseason have been teams with ferocious pass rushes that were able to get after him early and often. The Jaguars have the best pass rush in the league.

I wouldn’t favor them in Foxboro next weekend, but I would at least give them a punchers chance.

Sopwith

January 14th, 2018 at 5:25 PM ^

It's the model from the 2007 and 2011 Giants' Super Bowl wins over the Pats. Generate great heat with only 4 down lineman, always drop 7, mix zone and man and play a low safety to beat up the slot on the shallow cross.

Jacksonville has an excellent chance if they don't Bortle it away with picks.

 

Hard-Baughlls

January 14th, 2018 at 7:45 PM ^

And needs to be heat up the middle.  Tom is not fleet of foot, but he is the master of crafty in pocket manuevering to evade the rush - particularly when it comes off the edge.

Get a rush up in his face, don't allow him to slide into small pockets from where he can throw, and you have a formula to beat the Pats.  

That said, Belicheck knows this and will scheme to get Gronk and scat backs to release on quick outs and screen passes to force the linebackers into difficult coverage matchups.  IMO, this game is won based on the Jags ability to tackle in space and hold up the recievers (and Gronk) at the line of scrimmage for just long to let that pass rush get in Brady's face.  Should be a good one.

Perkis-Size Me

January 15th, 2018 at 9:39 AM ^

I think this game will be won (or lost) based on Bortles. The Jags won't completely shut Brady down, but that pass rush has the ability to harass him all night long and possibly force him into making a mistake or two. Jalen Ramsey and Co. are a very opportunistic bunch. We all saw what the Giants and the Broncos were able to do to Brady in the postseason. With the level the Jags D plays at, it would be foolish to assume they can't do the same. 

If Bortles plays like he did yesterday, and if the Jags D can hold the status quo, I give them an excellent chance to win. If Bortles plays like he did against Buffalo the week before, this game is already over. My guess is he plays somewhere in the middle.

This game will be close, and if Brady throws a bad pick at the wrong time I could see the Jags stealing this. But ultimately I can't bet against the GOAT. Especially when he's playing at home and is one game away from a playing for a sixth ring. 

31-21 Pats. 

His Dudeness

January 14th, 2018 at 4:58 PM ^

Cost me $170.

Thanks Mike "shit my pants" Tomlin.

That was the worst coaching I've ever seen. That's not hyperbole. He should genuinely be fired for that. No less than 5 complete idiot coaching decisions. I won't ever bet with a team he coaches again. Pathetic.

Sopwith

January 14th, 2018 at 5:05 PM ^

But the decision to kick onside with well over 2 min and 2 TOs in the pocket was... yeeeesh.

They need to put clock management, especially TOs , into someone else’s hands.

This was always a terrible match up for the Steelers. Play this game five times and the Jags win at least three.

Putt4Birdie

January 14th, 2018 at 7:03 PM ^

Glad they Lost. Maybe it's Karma for shitting on Veterans. And no shit they weren't the only team that did it, but to shame that Vet who stood earlier in the season was shameful as hell, I'll never root for him again.