An early candidate for game of the year, the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars clash in week two. This matchup might be a preview of the AFC conference finals because both clubs serve as divisional favorites and genuine contenders to win a Super Bowl in 2019. The Jaguars nearly beat the Patriots during the conference finals last season, falling to a classic fourth-quarter winning drive from Tom Brady.
New England won their week one match against the Texans with relative ease, covering the spread in a convincing 27-20 victory over Houston in the comfy confines of Gillette Stadium. Jacksonville managed to sneak by an improved New York Giants club with a 20-15 road victory in week one. A highly anticipated clash between all-pro receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and all-pro corner Jalen Ramsey didn’t amount to much, as the Jaguars defense and rushing game strangled New York.
Jacksonville may be listed as a small underdog for this match. If week one is any indication, the Gronk-Brady battery remains an elite passing duo in the NFL, a combo the Jaguars will attack without mercy. Jacksonville’s defense features the speed, smarts and physicality needed to neutralize Brady and Gronk. A +100 moneyline for the Jags offers great value, especially with the spread set at -2 for the Pats.
Patriots won 11 of 12 meetings, with sole loss during 1999 AFC Wildcard.
New England beat Jacksonville 24-20 during 2018 AFC Championship.
A -2 spread for Patriots offers great value.
Over/under stands at 45 for this matchup prior to gameday.