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New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New England Patriots (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm (EverBank Field)

The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars PK -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds


The New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars meet Sunday in NFL action at TIAA Bank Field.

The New England Patriots look for another victory to start 2-0 for the third time in the last four years. The New England Patriots have won 15 of their last 16 regular season road games. Tom Brady is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brady has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Rob Gronkowski and Phillip Dorsett have combined for 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns while James White has four receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 122 yards per contest, and Rex Burkhead leads the way with 64 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, New England is allowing 20 points and 325 yards per game. Stephon Gilmore leads the New England Patriots with eight tackles, Trey Flowers has 1.5 sacks and Jonathan Jones has two pass deflections. 

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New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Jacksonville Jaguars look for a statement AFC victory to start 2-0 for the first time since 2006. The Jacksonville Jaguars have won each of their last five home games. Blake Bortles is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Bortles has one or less touchdown passes in 10 of his last 14 games. Keelan Cole and Ded Westbrook have combined for 105 receiving yards on eight receptions while Austin Seferian-Jenkins has three receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 137 yards per contest, and T.J. Yeldon leads the way with 51 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 15 points and 324 yards per game. Myles Jack leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 10 tackles, Calais Campbell has one sack and Abry Jones has two pass deflections.

The Patriots are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games, 15-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 37-17-2 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. AFC and 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had the New England Patriots beat in the playoffs eight months ago on the road, but the Pats were bailed out with many questionable calls that led to 98 penalty yards. Either way, the Jags outplayed the Patriots, slowed the offense down big time and showed that this elite defense and physical play in the trenches is probably the best way to slay the dragon. With this game being in Jacksonville and that chip being on the players shoulder, it's hard to bet against the Jagaurs in this spot. You know the Jaguars have had this game circled on their calendar for a long time and will be eager to get revenge after feeling they were robbed in the last meeting. I like Jacksonville and its physical style to get the job done in this toss-up matchup.

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