Ben Roethlisberger has made his message pretty clear: he wants to face the Jaguars. He’s getting his wish.
For Roethlisberger, Sunday’s AFC divisional round game is a chance for redemption after throwing a career high five interceptions — two of which were returned for touchdowns — in the Jaguars’ 30-9 rout of the Steelers back in October.
During a radio appearance last week, Roethlisberger gave the hosts a few strong hints as to who he wanted to face first in the AFC playoffs.
“Obviously any game that we’re going to play — since it’s the postseason — is going to be a difficult opponent,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan. “But I think, just for me personally, I’d love to just prove that five interceptions wasn’t me in that game.”
That message made it’s way to Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, who had a response.
“Be careful what you wish for. This is what he wanted, so this is what he is going to get,” Bouye told The Florida Times-Union on Monday. “We remember [the Week 5 game]. We know they are going to be motivated. We are, too. Everybody thinks we’re not going to do it again. We know what we’re capable of. We’re looking forward to it.”
Since that Week 5 match-up, however, the Steelers have won 10 games, their only loss being to the Patriots, and Roethlisberger has been good, if not great, in most of them.
And, although Bouye did not pick off a pass in the Jaguars’ October triumph at Heinz Field, he does have a team-leading six interceptions this season.
The Steelers are coming off their bye week, while the Jaguars are following up a defensive dominated 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. In that game, the Jaguars picked off two Bills passes on their way to sealing the win.
They are looking for more come this Sunday and aren’t lacking for confidence.
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