JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their first playoff game since 2007 -- and their first home playoff game since 1999 -- on Sunday against Buffalo at EverBank Field.
Reasons to be excited: It looks like the Jaguars could almost be at full strength. Left tackle Cam Robinson (abdominal) and nose tackle Abry Jones (back) are on track to return to the lineup. Receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) has been running on the side at practice and hopes to play, but that will be a game-time decision. Coach Doug Marrone said running back Leonard Fournette is as healthy as he has been all season. Fournette has rushed for 117 yards combined in his past two games on 37 carries (3.2 yards per carry), but he'll be going against a Bills rushing defense that ranked 30th in the regular season (124.6 yards per game).
Reasons to be concerned: Surprisingly, the defense has been susceptible to the big play in the passing game. The Jaguars have given up 16 pass plays of 30 or more yards, but seven have come in the past five games, including four that went for touchdowns. Aside from the Los Angeles Rams, the Jaguars have the least amount of playoff experience among the 12 teams. They have 11 players who have appeared in a total of 42 games, but three players (defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and punter Brad Nortman) have appeared in more than half of those games (23). Does that matter? It depends on whom you ask, but if you're in a tight game in the fourth quarter would you rather have players who have dealt with that kind of pressure before or guys -- especially some rookie receivers who have struggled the past two weeks -- who haven't?
What's next: If the Jaguars beat the Bills they will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers with a berth in the AFC Championship Game at stake. The Jaguars beat the Steelers 30-9 at Heinz Field on Oct. 8, intercepting Ben Roethlisberger five times. Roethlisberger said during a Jan. 2 interview with 93.7 The Fan that he wanted a rematch with the Jaguars to "prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game."