Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots - 8/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) at New England Patriots (17-2)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -3.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots meet Thursday in NFL preseason action at Gillette Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have won no more than five games the last six years and have a new full time coach in Doug Marrone. The Jags have a lot of new offensive pieces starting with offensive linemen Earl Watford and Cam Robinson while rookie running back Leonard Fournette is going to be given every chance in the world to become the difference maker in the backfield. These additions are all hopes that quarterback Blake Bortles can take that next step in his career after constant subpar play and many questioning if he’s in fact the guy. Chad Henne and Brandon Allen will continue to fight for the backup position. Defensively, Jacksonville hopes to have an even better Dante Fowler Jr. on the field, especially with the addition of Calais Campbell. There are also a truckload of new linebackers in Jacksonville starting with Lerentee McCray, Josh McNary, Audie Cole and Blair Brown, who will be fighting for playing time. It’s all about finding guys who can make a difference in Jacksonville, as this team needs direction.
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The New England Patriots are fresh off a Super Bowl title and enter yet another season as favorites to win it all. Tom Brady plays very little if at all in the preseason, so expect to see a ton of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in these games. The Pats have some new offensive weapons in running back Mike Gillislee, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen, and it’s going to be fun seeing all that talent in an offense that could already drop 30-plus without much effort. Also, word is Rex Burkhead may be in position to become the new starting running back in New England. Defensively, the Patriots have three new starters in Kony Ealy, David Harris and Stephon Gilmore, but it’s about the backups in the preseason, and I’m looking at guys such as Cyrus Jones and Deatrich Wise. The New England Patriots know what they have in their starting units obviously, so you’re going to see a lot of backups and experimenting far more than you see with other teams.
The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC. The Patriots are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf, 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 home games and 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Jaguars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in New England and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
While the Pats don't play Brady in the preseason much at all, guys such as Garoppolo and Brissett have shown they can win during the regular season. Having them pick apart second and third string defenses isn't fair. The Jags do have a lot of young, hungry players and that usually results in preseason success, but we're talking about the Patriots here. This is one of the deeper and well coached teams in the league. You can't bet against New England in spots like this, as their backups are going to contribute like they always do.