But the ease of it, the lack of a challenge, doesn't seem to stop anyone.
Minnesota easily handled New Orleans in the season opener, eons ago in National Football League terms. Blake Bortles (above, right) threw for a whopping 95 yards in that win, and Leonard Fournette racked up half of his 181 yards rushing on a 90-yard score with less than two minutes to play with the game already decided.
Bortles appeared shaky against the Bills as if the playoff stage were too big for the former first-round pick. Look for the Steelers to get Bell more involved and keep him involved. His accuracy is questionable.
Roethlisberger takes on a Jaguars defense that intercepted him five times in a Week 5 loss.
As much as I don't agree with the disrespecting of Bortles and his talent, he is not the person I want under center if my team goes down by double-digit points, especially going up against the Killer B's. Campbell had the most sacks in the AFC this season with 14.5 sacks - a Jaguar record. But that option year is guaranteed only for injury.
Specifically, they'll serve Bubba Burgers - a staple at Jaguar home games. His delivery is so slow.
That view is shared by others in and around the sport.
Pittsburgh is dealing with a lot of "self-inflicted" outside noise this week going into Sunday's matchup. "There will be some options this offseason". Part has to do with the Falcons almost winning the Super Bowl last February. Could the Jaguars explore a trade for Kansas City's Alex Smith, with the Chiefs perhaps ready to turn to Patrick Mahomes as their starter?
The question is, can they do it again?
"How about a kid who ranks in the top 10 quarterbacks who lives in Washington?"
The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday for a chance to avenge a blowout loss the Steelers received back in October. The guys who surround Roethlisberger in the huddle know the swagger never really left. "All I can think about and worry about is this defense that we are playing".
Gronk is the obvious play here and makes sense pairing him with Brady in a cash stack. But as least it was part of a winning effort, he said.
The Steelers have remained optimistic Brown will return for the playoffs, and Tomlin said he had seen enough to believe he will be on the field against the Jaguars. "That's all you can ask for". The Jaguars are largely made up of players those who do not follow them weekly will not be aware of while the Steelers have all the familiar names of Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell. "And we found a way to do that".
"It's always different because every year's different, every opponent's different", Roethlisberger said. It is tough to see Bortles having any confidence in this game.
"I'm feeling good; I did all of my reps today in practice", Burns said. I'd pay it all back just to be in this position. "You want to go prove that it was a fluke or whatever it might be. So he hasn't changed".
The Steelers lost, 30-9, against an unproven Jaguars team. "You have to study their defense, study their players from the lineman to the secondary". "We know there's a lot at stake and I think everyone's put a lot into it". But it's not like it's one area.