AFC Championship Game Prediction: Patriots or Jaguars?

And even though Jacksonville's defense will be better in this game than against Pittsburgh, the Jaguars won't have enough to keep the Patriots completely out of the end zone.

And now, the Vikings, Eagles, Patriots and Jaguars are all one win away from the Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 141.4 yards per contest, and Leonard Fournette leads the way with 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. Then, the Jacksonville Jaguars upended the Pittsburgh Steelers, another potential thorn to New England.

Defending champions the Patriots rolled past the Tennessee Titans last week, earning a spot in the AFC championship round, but their next opponent is a bit of a surprise. In those two losses, the Patriots allowed 37.5 points per game. They have the AFC's best defense by a wide margin, ranking second in the National Football League in both yards and points allowed.

So while rookies like Wise, or first-time Patriots like Marquis Flowers and Eric Lee, were absolutely thrilled at the prospect of playing in an AFC championship game, veterans such as Slater and offensive tackle Nate Solder and safety Devin McCourty know there's more work to be done.

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He said they're off to a good start with donations in preparation for the dinner in December. "The food was good". Woodson said she works long hours in Strasburg at the Hotel Strasburg and her parents live in Fairfax.

Having said that, the Patriots offense had similar struggles late in the season as Tom Brady's numbers dipped and injuries began to take their toll. At 40 years, 163 days, he also became the oldest QB credited with a postseason victory.

The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on field-turf, 12-5 in their last 17 games vs. AFC, and 2-5 in their last 7 playoff road games. I feel like the Patriots in some ways just won the playoffs lottery. Following a series of Jaguars Touchdowns, and special performances by LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Jaguars narrowly won 45-42, in a high scoring, exciting, action-packed game.

"Obviously, with what they have on their side of the ball, it's a good team and we know they've got a good offense", Bortles said.

"I don't think we're going to let anything get in the way of this week", Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Tuesday morning. He was 6th in yards from scrimmage on the Patriots, behind Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, and James White, and that was in just 10 games. Next Sunday though, once again, many believe the Jaguars will go into the game as underdogs. "We're trying to go out there and continue to do what we've done and try to go beat the best football team we've played". The defense is going to be tested against Tom Brady, but look for them to compete all 60 minutes. But since the oddsmakers have decided to make New England nine-point favorites, the smart money is on the Jaguars. If not, the Patriots will capitalize on whatever mistakes the Jaguars make.


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