In my opinion the Patriots should win this one if they can play like they already have been. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola fit New England's system nicely, but none are on Brown's level. Brady said the Jaguars are the best team they've face all season, adding that their season will be over if they don't play their best game come Sunday. But everything that should have happened didn't happen (with the exception of the Patriots demolishing the Titans). He has had a very good year.
The Patriots have won five Super Bowls with quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. Nevertheless, the Jaguars defence played phenomenally, scoring a touchdown with a fumble return and an interception in Pittsburgh's red zone that led to another score on the very next play.
That game was all too real for the Saints, as it was for the Eagles who watched the game thinking they were going to play the Saints at home on championship weekend. New England's defense has been vulnerable in the past, and the Patriots also have gone through a stretch of facing some of the weaker offenses in the league (at least statistically speaking) so it's tough to gauge just how good this unit is at this point. The only way to beat the Patriots is to get pressure on Tom Brady, and the Jaguars have the defense to do it. Moreover, the Patriots are looking for their sixth Super Bowl title.
Joe Buck and that other Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman, will call the Eagles game with the Vikings (6:40 p.m., FOX) at Lincoln Financial Field. A combination of a top-notch defense, cold weather and the home crowd is Philadelphia's formula for victory, which worked to perfection against the Falcons.
In a three-point stance to Brady's left, Jackson used a perfectly-timed stunt to the outside to bust free and hit Brady as he loaded for a throw deep down the left sideline. The quicker the Patriots can get ahead in the score, the more the Jaguars will have to lean away from the run game and force the game into Bortles' hands. Here are my picks for how the remainder of the season will play out.More news: Snow, ice lead to delays at Atlanta's airport
New England has been the most consistent team for almost two decades. Coming into this game, however, I don't know if the Patriots will have such an easy go of things. The team failed to cover as 13.5-point home chalk in a 23-10 win over Chicago in Week 17. And there's no one who makes more astounding plays, seemingly by himself, than Russell Wilson. Do not let him within 10 yards of a nightshade vegetable, either.
"You come back and you've got all the fans here and things of that nature", Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said.
"To me, it's just a man that has confidence in his team", defensive tackle Abry Jones said.
Each of Brady's Super Bowl losses were against the Giants and their pass rush.
Two years previous, Jacksonville faced off with New England in the wild card round to a similar result. Head coach Mike Zimmer, Shurmur and defensive coordinator George Edwards have done an unbelievable job with a third-string quarterback after losing their lead running back for the year.