New England Patriots Vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, September 16, 4:25pm Eastern Time
Jacksonville looks to get redemption on a New England Patriots team that stole their shot at the team’s first Super Bowl appearance.
Jacksonville did a lot of the same in week 1 as we are use to seeing from them. Blake Bortles did just enough, throwing for 176 yards, 1 TD, and adding 42 yards on the ground. All while mostly leaning on their defense to carry them to victory, and that’s just what they did. Myles Jack’s pick 6 put them over the top in a 20-15 game vs. the New York Giants. They did however suffer a major blow, as running back Leonard Fournette exited the game with a hamstring injury, the duration of the injury is unknown but it would be a stretch to see him on the field on Sunday.
Tom Brady was his usual G.O.A.T of a quarterback in week 1, tossing 3 TDs, 1 of which went to Rob Gronkowski, who had 123 yards receiving. They will face tougher competition this week, as Jacksonville boasts possibly the best secondary in football. While Jacksonville’s star tandem of corners will likely blanket New England’s receivers, look for running backs James White and Rex Burkhead to be a big part of the passing game.
TJ Yeldon adds an extra dimension in the passing game, but losing Fournette cannot be understated. Allowing a Bill Belichick coached team a week to prepare for an opposition that will likely rely on Blake Bortles’ arm to win, seems like a recipe for disaster if you’re Jacksonville.
Score prediction: Patriots win 24-17
Without Fournette, the Jags will rely on a passing game that mustered up a measly 176 yards against a Giants defense that ranked second-to-last against the pass a season ago. Interestingly enough the Pats were able to hold DeShaun Watson and the explosive Houston Texans offense to 176 yards passing themselves a week ago.
Offensively for the Pats, look for Brady to get the ball out quick to his running backs to combat the vaunted pass rush of Jacksonville. Look for Gronk to be a focal point of the Pats’ offense, as Belichick attempts to make Jalen Ramsey eat his words (Ramsey quoted as saying Gronk “Isn’t Good”).
Jacksonville’s defense will cause problems for a New England offense that is already talent deprived. The loss of Leonard Fournette will allow the Patriots back-7 to play the passing lanes, leading to a rough day for Bortles.
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Head to Head
New England escaped from Jacksonville with a 24-20 victory in the AFC Championship a year ago. A handful of questionable calls from the officials, combined with a faulty whistle that blew a should-be touchdown by Myles Jack dead, show the win did not come without some question marks.
The two franchises’ rivalry has been non-existent, as New England has manhandled Jacksonville on its way to a 9-1 record in their last 10 meetings.
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New England’s last 16 games, and 4 of Jacksonville’s last 5.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New England’s last 7 road games.
- The Total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
- JAX RB T.J. Yeldon averaged 3.6 ypc in week 1.
- NE RB Jeremy Hill was placed on IR this week after leading the team in week 1 with a 6.2 ypc average.