Ben Roethlisberger: Jaguars 'one of the best defenses I've ever played against'

From ESPN - January 10, 2018

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got a firsthand account of how good the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense could be when the two teams played in the regular season.

Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions -- two that were returned for touchdowns -- and was sacked twice in a 30-9 loss on Oct. 8. Its no wonder he has nothing but high praise for the unit as the teams prepare to face off in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs Sunday at Heinz Field.

This is one of the best defenses Ive ever played against, Roethlisberger said.

The Jaguars' defense was ranked top-2 in almost every category in the regular season, including scoring, total yards, passing yards, sacks, fumbles forced and interceptions. The Jaguars had 55 sacks this season, behind only the league-leading Steelers (56). The two teams had more sacks than any franchise since 2013.

Roethlisberger admitted before the playoffs that he would like to see a postseason rematch between the two teams, and the Jaguars' defense appeared to be encouraging that as well.


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