New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars: Week 2 NFL Preview

By September 16, 2018articles

NFC East Rivals face off in primetime as the New York Giants (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) head to Arlington Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET. Las Vegas Odds has the Cowboys as 3.5-point favorites against the G-men with an over/under currently set at 42.5.

The Cowboys are coming off an uninspiring effort in a 16-8 loss against the Panthers. Against the Panthers, the offense couldn’t get anything going, finishing the day with only 232 total yards, albeit against a stout Panthers’ defense. Dallas’s two main stars on offense, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, finished 170 yards (passing) and 69 yards (rushing) respectively. The combination will have to play better for this team to realize their playoff aspirations.

Good news is that the defens

Week 2 features a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game as the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) host the New England Patriots (1-0) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Las Vegas Odds has this contest as a PICK EM game with the over/under line set 44.5.

After years of doubting the longevity of the Patriots’ dominance, it’s safe to say the combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick trumps all. Issues along the offensive line — which lost left tackle Nate Solder in the offseason — along with a reshuffled wide receiving core, should not be overlooked. But as we’ve seen in previous years, this team has the head coach and quarterback necessary to scheme around anything.

Despite question marks on the roster as well as being on the road, the Patriots’ track record shows the team shouldn’t be overly concerned. New England is 14-1 straight up and 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games away from Gillette Stadium. What’s even more impressive is that the Patriots have won their last 21 straight games against AFC South opponents, including the last six against the Jaguars.

We know what New England brings to the table, but Jacksonville is no slouch. Regardless of recent history, the Jaguars actually have a couple of reasons to feel confident going into this game.

For one, unlike in the AFC Championship game, the Jaguars face the Patriots at home at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars are currently on a six game home winning streak with those contests being decided by an average of 15-points.

Secondly, Jacksonville is built to beat a team like the Patriots. The Jaguars very likely possess the most dominant and talented defense we’ve seen on an NFL field since the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

In last year’s loss to the 24-20 loss to the Patriots, Jacksonville’s defense limited New England’s offense to 10 points in the first half. In fact, the total has gone under in four of Jacksonville’s last five games against New England.

Many will rush to pick the Patriots in this game, but don’t discount the Jaguars — a team out for vengeance and are one of the biggest threats to the Patriots in the AFC. Nevertheless, this game is a must watch, pitting two of the NFL’s best

Pick: Our expert Scott Matthews likes this game to go OVER 44.5 on the total.