The New England Patriots are the favorites to win Super Bowl 53 with odds of +600 in the NFL Futures, and they looked every bit of the part in last week’s win over the Houston Texans. They will be facing another stiff challenge this coming Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are +2,000 to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy next year.
Betting Preview for the New England Patriots vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Season Week 2 Game on September 16, 2018
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4:25 PM ET
Line: New England Patriots (-2.0) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.0) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the New England Patriots (1-0)
It wasn’t that long ago when Tom Brady and the Patriots ended the Super Bowl dreams of the Jaguars last season by beating Blake Bortles and company in the AFC Championship Game, 24-20. Brady will look to recreate his performance in that game this Sunday while also riding a wave of momentum following a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans last week. Against the Jaguars, Brady passed for 290 yard and two touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted by the vaunted Jags’ defense. Also opposite a tough defense of Houston, Brady went 26-of-39 for 277 yards and three touchdowns with only an interception. In other words, Brady is still Brady even at age 41, and he can still do severe damage against any type of defense he faces. Expect Brady to utilize a healthy Rob Gronkowski again after the hulking tight end had 123 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches in the Houston game. The Pats recorded three sacks and 12 QB hits against Houston, so there defense should also warrant some attention.
The Patriots are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
The Jaguars opened their 2018 campaign with a win after defeating the New York Giants on the road last Sunday, 20-15. As what the score suggests, the Jags’ defense did a marvelous job of containing a potent Giants’ attack. Jacksonville limited Eli Manning to only 23-of-37 completions for 237 yards with no touchdown strikes while also intercepting him once. One cause of concern for the Jaguars is the health of running back Leo Fournette, who left the Giants game in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury. He is currently considered day to day but if he can’ give it a go next Sunday, T.J. Yeldon will be the team’s starter. Yeldon led the Jags in Week 1 with 51 rushing yards on 14 carries and added 18 receiving yards and a touchdown reception on three catches. As of their defense, the Jaguars have the personnel to disturb the Patriots’ pocket. They recorded two sacks and six quarterback hits against the Giants are only a season removed from finishing second in the league with 55.0 sacks.
The Jaguars are 3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
New England wins, 27-23.
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