In the last four seasons, the New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl twice. They are now spearheading a campaign to bag their third title. If they win, this will be a second consecutive victory at the grand title.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are heartily contending to get the Super Bowl for the very first time. On Sunday, the two rivals meet for the AFC Championship game at the Gillette Stadium. This heated meeting will certainly separate boys from the men.
The Patriots come with a wealth of experience where conference title games are concerned. They have played in the games since the 2011 season. In light of this, Patriots odds against the Jaguars could be more than impressive. Keep in mind that the Jaguars are fresh from burying the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many thought that the Steelers were the favorites to win all along. This goes to show that the Jaguars can pull off surprises at any juncture. Jacksonville finished with a shocking 45-42 win against Pittsburgh to cement their presence like never before.
It is all going down at 3.05 pm on Sunday at the Gillette Stadium. The Jaguars have been widely viewed as the underdogs with a 9.5 point favorite for the Patriots. Jacksonville is therefore prepping to prove themselves beyond their underdog title. If the Patriots progress to the eighth Super Bowl, it will be evident that this is a rock-solid team that is virtually unbeatable. If the Jaguars manage to stop them, Jacksonville will go down in history as a team that never says die.
Can the Jaguars cover the spread?
Jacksonville can leverage on their defensive talent to make it to the very end. In many ways, this prowess does not come close to the Vikings or the Eagles who are among the teams left in the playoffs. However, the Jags are lacking when it comes to postseason experience. Also, the quarterback challenge posed by the Patriots is unimaginable. The Jaguars will have to excel using their best assets to make up for their shortcomings. In their arsenal, Jags will heavily rely on their rookie running back Leonard Fournette. This exceptional rookie can replicate his assault on the Pittsburgh Steelers to deliver on the big day.
Can the Patriots cover the spread?
In their last seven meetings with the Jaguars, the Patriots have out-rightly won. New England has been unbeatable in their last eleven games registering great wins in the postseason. They have done it with an outstanding 10-1 ATS on the NFL point spreads. To add salt to the injury, Patriots will have Tom Brady under center opposite Blake Bortles of the Jags. Indeed, Bortles will have to conquer Brady because everything is at stake. It is do or die.
It is obvious that New England is a rare breed with refined coaching and keen determination. Defeating this force could take more than luck. The Jaguars could get lucky and unveil a shocker at the Gillette Stadium; after all, they have come this far. Whatever happens, the very best team will surely kiss the Super Bowl LII title.
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