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Jaguars opened as 7-point dogs to Steelers

NFL: AFC Wild Card-Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off their first playoff win in a decade, the test for the Jacksonville Jaguars really amps up on Sunday when they travel in the cold to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams played previously this season, with the Jaguars winning 30-9, but the bookies don’t seem to put much stock in that game.

Coming off their 10-3 win, where the Jaguars offense struggled to do much outside of Blake Bortles scrambling, Pittsburgh was installed as a 7-point favorite and in all honesty, that seems about right.

People shouldn’t totally write off their previous meeting, but we can’t rely on it either. The Jaguars picked off Ben Roethlisberger five times, returning those for touchdowns twice, and then added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a long Leonard Fournette run. Overall in the game the Jaguars offense was largely ineffective and was carried by the defense.

The latter can still happen, as we saw on Sunday against Buffalo, but in order to pick up another win in Pittsburgh, this time in the playoffs, the Jaguars offense is going to have to step up to the plate.