It’s the rematch of the 2017 AFC Conference championship game, where the Patriots overcame a 20-10 deficit to win 24-20. Jaguars’ fans remember it as the one that got away. Keep an eye on the injury report as the Jags could be missing an important piece to their offensive game plan.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Since the Jacksonville Jaguars entered the NFL back in 1996, the Patriots and Jaguars have met 12 times, with New England winning 11 games. The Jaguars only win was Wild Card weekend long ago when Mark Burnell led the Jags to a 25-10 win over Scott Zolak and the Pats. As for the Brady years, he’s faced the Jaguars five times in his career in the regular season and is undefeated. He has also played the Jags three times in the post-season and is undefeated (3-0). Interesting note, the Jaguars are a dismal 1-10 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 games played on Week 2 of their schedule.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski showed no signs of rust, playing in their first game since falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl. Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, one of those three was to Gronkowski, who hauled seven passes for 123 yards.
Running back James White served up 56 all-purpose yards being used in the backfield and in the receiving game. He and Rex Burkhead will be used in similar roles now that running back Jeremy Hill is on the shelf for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday’s win. Speaking off running backs, rookie Sony Michel missed last week’s game against the Texans and his status for this game is uncertain. Michel is a 2018 first round pick and when ready will be big piece of this offensive attack.
The Jaguars are coming off a 20-15 road victory in New York against the Giants. Good results considering that star running back Leonard Fournette missed most of the game with a hamstring injury. Fournette did not practice on Thursday and is listed as a game-time decision. If he is unable to start, all signs point to T.J. Yeldon getting the call. Quarterback Blake Bortles passed for just 176 yards in the entire game against the Giants, but the more concerning part was his play in the second half. Bortles completed just six of 16 passes for 53 yards in the second half and made several questionable decisions.
“Our defence bailed us out and played pretty well,” said Blake Bortles after the game. Last season the Jags ranked second in total defence and picked up where they left off, stopping the Giants on a number of key drives, including a Myles Jack interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.