Le’Veon Bell makes a guarantee for Sunday, sort of

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell didn’t come out and declare that Pittsburgh will beat Jacksonville on Sunday. But Bell clearly implied that the Steelers, not the Jaguars, will advance to the AFC title game with a Saturday night tweet posted after New England defeated Tennessee.

“I love round 2’s,” Bell said. “We’ll have two round 2’s in back to back weeks.”

In other words (and unless I’m missing something, which is entirely possible), Bell is saying that the Steelers will get a rematch with the Jaguars this week, and then a rematch with the Patriots next week. Which means, according to Bell, that the Steelers will beat the Jaguars this week.

The message from Bell shouldn’t be surprising; in November, coach Mike Tomlin spoke openly about facing the Patriots twice. Given that the Steelers already have lost to the Jaguars once, some (e.g., me) believed they wouldn’t peek ahead to the Patriots until taking care of the Jaguars.

Based on Bell’s tweet, maybe the Steelers aren’t as focused on Sunday’s game as they should be. Even if they are, Bell’s tweet gives Jacksonville a fresh reminder that the Steelers were presuming victory in the divisional round long before they even knew who they’d be playing.

21 responses to “Le’Veon Bell makes a guarantee for Sunday, sort of

  1. That is one of the details Bellichick focuses on that other coaches do not and why the Pats win so consistently. Focus on the next game and nothing else.

  2. There is so much arrogance in that organization and it starts with Tomlin. It will be fun to watch them get knocked around again by Jacksonville.

  3. I’m a huge Steeler fan, and believe the Steelers should win today’s game for a variety of obvious reasons. And I understand the players should naturally have some confidence and swagger. But for goodness sakes, I wish these guys would just shut up or just say they are focused on this game. If the Steelers do not beat the Jags today, they may be one of the biggest disappointments of the season considering the talent they have. And many people won’t be happy with some of the comments given by Bell, Mitchell and Tomlin. Let your play on the field do the talking please. Go Steelers!

  4. I hope the Jags totally dismantle these blowhards…can’t wait for all the excuses we’ll hear then.

  5. Tomlin is one of the only coaches in the NFL that could allow his team to suffer from a trap game in the playoffs. He’s a terrible coach who will be exposed when he doesn’t have a HOF QB under center.

  6. Boy these guys just can’t shut up. Something tells me this is going to be just like the 95 Steelers and Jags playoff game. Steelers were supposed to win that game too. Some “great” coaching by Tomlin and a 4th and 2 scramble by David Garrard changed all that.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this one.

  7. .
    The Jaguars may not win but they will play hard for 60 minutes. Their defense hits as hard as any in the league. There’s nothing to gain from provoking them.
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  8. Tomlin is 22-4 in his last 26 games, won the SB after inheriting an 8-8 team, has never had a losing season, and is a lock for the HOF whenever he retires. But he’s a “lousy coach”. smh

  9. No, Bell’s tweet reminds the Jags that the Steelers are looking past THEM specifically. Don’t try to de-personaize it.

  10. c’mon, what’s this WE stuff? It’s playoffs and everybody knows you won’t even show up.

  11. That is one of the details Bellichick focuses on that other coaches do not and why the Pats win so consistently. Focus on the next game and nothing else.

    What makes you think, besides the usual arrogance of being a Pat’s toadie, that Steeler fans care about what Coach Cheater has to say. If mere words are needed for motivation at this point you are in trouble..

  12. Bell was up at 1 AM, tweeting away.
    I guess that was more important to him then getting a good night’s rest before a win-or-go-home game in about 12 hours vs a very good defensive Jags team.

  13. Apparently p, the Steelers preferred to lose today to the Jags as opposed to losing yet again to Brady and the Patriots.

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