After this weekend’s divisional round games, there are just 4 teams remaining in the playoffs. Today I will be previewing and predicting the AFC Championship, and later this week I will preview the NFC Championship. Make sure you like my facebook page here and follow my Twitter here to stay updated.
New England Patriots vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The Patriots are the top seed in the AFC, and they beat the Titans 35-14 yesterday to move on. They have the best QB in the league in Tom Brady, but they have almost no running game. They went 13-3 in the regular season, and they lost 2 of those games to playoff teams. They average 276 passing yards and 118 rushing yards per game, and only gave up 365 yards total per game. The question will be whether the Jaguars can force the Patriots to run the football, and they will first have to stop the passing game for this to work.
The Jaguars come into this game as the underdogs, but that’s the same position they were on today vs the Steelers. They won 45-42 in Pittsburgh, but things will only get tougher as they have to face a hostile Boston crowd for the AFC Championship. They have a more balanced offense than the Patriots, with Blake Bortles throwing for 224 yards a game, and Leonard Fornette and the other back rushing for 141 yards a game. Their defense gives up about 285 yards a game, much better than the Patriots. But they haven’t faced an offense like the Patriots yet.
I think the Patriots will win and move onto the Super Bowl because of their offense and veterans. The Jaguars are a good team, but their young age may play a part in whether they can compete with a team like the Patriots, which has been winning for years. Tom Brady can pick apart any team he wants, and I cant see a way that the Jaguars defense will stop him. It will be a high scoring game, but I think the Patriots will win by double digits.