Ben Roethlisberger Wants Shot at Redemption vs. Jaguars in Playoffs

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Eli Ankou (99) pressures Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) as he ooks to pass in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
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Most players don't admit they want to see one opponent more than any another. For Ben Roethlisberger, though, a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars is a potential shot at redemption.  

"Any game that we are going to play anybody is going to be a difficult opponent," Roethlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7-FM (h/t TribLive). "For me personally, I'd love to prove that five interceptions wasn't me in that game."

Roethlisberger threw a career-high five picks in a 30-9 loss to the Jaguars on Oct. 8. The performance was a nadir of a slow start to the first half of the season, which saw him throw for 10 touchdowns against nine interceptions in the Steelers' first eight games. He rebounded with 18 touchdowns and five picks over his final seven games to enter the MVP conversation.

The Steelers sat Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell last week and will go into the divisional round with a two-week break.

"[Health is] a warranted concern, if you will," Roethlisberger said. "But it's the postseason. Nothing against Indianapolis and the regular-season game we played. This is the postseason. You've got to be fired up, ready to go. Obviously, we'll be coming in relatively healthy. If it takes a while to knock some rust off, hopefully it's just a play or two."

The Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. If they win, they will travel to Pittsburgh the following week.

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