NFL Week 2: New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars, Betting Odds
Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking to extract some revenge when they host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in an intriguing Week 2 matchup that is a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game. After falling to the Pats 24-20 in a hard-fought battle, let’s find out if Jacksonville can get the confidence-boosting ‘revenge’ win.
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🏈: New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars
⏰: Sun. Sep 16, 2018 4:25 PM ET
🏟️: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
🎰: New England Patriots -1 -110 | | O 45½ -110
New England Patriots
The Patriots did what they always do in their 27-20 Week 1 win over Houston. They problem solved the Texans into submission – all without doing anything extraordinary. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns in the win while hooking up with tight end Rob Gronkowski seven times for 123 yards and one touchdown.
“It’s very important that they came out and played the way they did. They’re our leaders,” said wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who contributed seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. “When they play well, they give an adrenaline boost to the rest of the team.”
The Patriots limited Houston’s Deshaun Watson to 158 passing yards in his return from his season-ending ACL tear in 2017 while sacking the former Clemson star three times.
Jacksonville played their brand of football to near perfection in their 20-15 Week 1 win over Eli Manning and the New York Giants last weekend.
Linebacker Myles Jack scored on a 32-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter and Jacksonville’s defense showed out after finishing second in total defense last season. The Jaguars had two sacks, six quarterback pressures, eight tackles for losses and stopped a 2-point conversion run.
“We feel we’re so talented on defense,” said Jack, who finished with a game-high 10 tackles. “We’ve got DBs that can score, linebackers can score. Even D-linemen who can strip sack fumbles and score. We don’t put any pressure on the offense. If the offense scores, it puts even more onus on us. We try to create points.”
Expert Pick and Prediction
I think it’s quite telling what Tom Brady had to say about Jacksonville concerning this Week 2 matchup against the team they met in last season’s AFC title tilt.
“They were a great team last year and gave us everything we could handle in the championship game, and they’re at it again this year,” Brady said. “They’ve got an incredible rush, great linebackers, great secondary. It’s going to be very challenging, tough environment and we’ll see what we’re made of.”
I think this AFC Championship game rematch will be a straight-forward affair with both teams sticking to what they do best. Having said that, I really like the Jacksonville Jaguars to get the super narrow home win to cover the chalk as a slight home underdog.
I know the Patriots are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in the month of September, but Jacksonville has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against their AFC counterparts.
Jacksonville will go all-out to get the win – and they’ll get it.
Predicted Score: Jaguars 24 Patriots 23