The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are preparing to play the top-seeded New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC title game, figure to conjure memories of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens team that bullied its way to the organization's first Super Bowl championship.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be going to the Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots at home next Sunday at 3:05 PM EST in the AFC Conference Championship. The Patriots had a pretty easy time beating the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. I think the adrenaline and motivation of potentially playing a championship on their home turf will motivate the Vikings to move onto the Super Bowl.
The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on field-turf, 12-5 in their last 17 games vs. AFC, and 2-5 in their last 7 playoff road games. Expect Jacksonville to just win the game any possible way.
Asked about how impressive it was for the Jaguars to go into Pittsburgh and win, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "Very impressive; yeah". The Jacksonville Jaguars, on the other hand, have been unquestionably awful.
Running back Le'Veon Bell referred to another matchup with the Patriots when he tweeted on Saturday. The Vikings won't light up the scoreboard as Philadelphia's defense can more than hold its own, but Minnesota will slowly but surely rack up points on the scoreboard and put this game away in the second half to set up a Vikings vs. Patriots showdown. With the penalties working against them, the Titans struggled both offensively and defensively and in the end, the Patriots won the game.
The 40-year-old has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.
Crediting head coach Bill Belichick for setting the tone in the locker room, Brady said the Patriots know what it takes to compete in the postseason - and are going to do everything within their control to, once again, extend their playoff run. As Jags fans are aware, his experience will without a doubt be relied upon this week when considering his close relationship with team coach Doug Marrone. They allowed no sacks on quarterback Blake Bortles and paved the way for 164 rushing yards with 109 of those by rookie running back Leonard Fournette.
Minnesota has +175 odds to win their first-ever Super Bowl. Mariota threw more interceptions than touchdown passes this season, his third. I don't have much to say about this game as it was not very good to watch as the Falcons D just GAVE UP OR MAYBE DIDN'T EVEN SHOW UP. The only way to beat the Patriots is to get pressure on Tom Brady, and the Jaguars have the defense to do it.
Oddsmakers, fans and National Football League experts alike expect New England to take care of business against Jacksonville.
With the conference title games here, the computer simulated both games 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.