The Jacksonville Jaguars are the team nobody wants to face in the playoffs.
The Jags have earned their reputation with a hard-nosed running game and the ability to score from anywhere on the field. They're one of those tough-guy teams that can get it done any time, anywhere—and that won't be pushed around by anyone.
One problem I see, however, is that Jacksonville's receivers don't scare anyone. If the Jags get down early and don't have the play-action pass at their disposal, they may have trouble coming from behind in the postseason.
The idea that the Jaguars are going to jump on the Steelers and Chargers on the road again is probably the product of wishful thinking. The Chargers in particular set an NFL record by outscoring the competition 81-0 at home in the first quarter, and had a commanding halftime lead in their final seven games in San Diego.
It's also a safe bet that the passing attacks of Indianapolis and New England won't be stopped by the Jags' sometimes suspect pass rush.
That said, I stand by the assertion that no team should want to fool with these Jaguars, first and foremost because they have the ability to consistently rip off four and five yards a carry.
I don't care who you are—if you don't get a big lead on these guys, you're going to be in BIG trouble in the fourth quarter.
Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers.