If you look back at the Super Bowl winner of the past 10-15 years, you will see that most of the teams that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy had what we would describe as an elite QB at the helm. There are a couple of exceptions to the rule, with the likes of Trent Dilfer of the Baltimore Ravens and Brad Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the top of that list. The teams who won with a less than stellar QB did so because they had a spectacular defense, and that is what the Jacksonville Jaguars will be leaning on in the AFC Divisional Round Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday. The Jags are well aware that they do not have the personnel to go head to head with the Steelers in an offensive duel, so they will be trying to slow Pittsburgh down, just as they did when they met earlier in the season at this same location. But despite their amazing season, they have a lot to overcome in the eyes of the bookies. The NFL betting odds put them as 7 ½ point underdog, with the point total for this one set at 40 ½.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Betting Preview

When: Sunday, January 14 at 1:05 PM EST
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
TV: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Game Center
NFL Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -7 ½

Why bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a little bit of history on their side heading into this game, and we are not just talking about their 30-9 win over the Steelers earlier this season. In the impressive history of the Steelers, they have only once ever lost at home in the playoffs to a team that also beat them at home in the regular season. That one came back in 2007, and the team to do it was the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Jags are to spring the upset here, they are going to need to get more out of their offense than they did in the Wild Card Game, a 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills.

 

 

You know it was not an impressive performance when your QB logs more yards rushing that he did throwing the football. Blake Bortles had 88 yards on the ground and just 85 through the air, once against starting the discussion that he may not be the man for the job in Jacksonville. The Jaguars have gone 4-4 SU and ATS on the road this season.

Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers

Every good team has at least one game each year that you can essentially throw out when looking at their form. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, that game came against the Jaguars on a day when Ben Roethlisberger tossed 5 INT’s. You need to forget about that one and look at what Pittsburgh did in the weeks following that loss, which was to win 10 of 11, with the only defeat coming at the hands of the New England Patriots in a game that they could have easily won were it not for a controversial late call that reversed a winning TD. We all know about the weapons that the Steelers have on offense, but this is a team that is also stout on the defensive side of the football, especially against the run. The Steelers are 6-2 SU and 3-5 ATS in home games this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 NFL Playoffs

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Jaguars have been good in their recent visits to Pittsburgh, going 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5, but I think their luck runs out here. I like the Steelers to win by a TD, and I think the total will creep just OVER.

Predicted Score: Jacksonville Jaguars 17 Pittsburgh Steelers 24