Jaguars vs. Patriots
was correct in not underestimating Jacksonville last weekend, however, I was
dead wrong in assuming the only chance they had in winning was in a defensive
slugfest. That has to give Jags fans some hope heading into this weekend.
Granted, they almost blew a huge lead, but this shows that perhaps their
offense has some life after all – or perhaps it just shows them running into a
poor Shazier-less Pittsburgh D.
do not believe the Jags can win another barn-burner against the Pats, however.
The defense will have to tighten up some screws so as to not allow another 545
yards of offense. As we’ve seen from this whole season, they can. They have an
excellent group of corners that can cover any receiver and a great pass rush.
The two biggest questions I have for the Jags D is one, how can they neutralize
Gronk? And two, can their linebackers cover the Pats feisty receiving backs? If
they can, expect a close one. Also, whoever thinks Brady is not 100% playing
this weekend needs a CT scan stat. Offensively, the Jags need Bortles to show
some life early on, or expect eight-man boxes galore. If Bortles starts slowly,
I really don’t see them winning this game.
biggest priority for the Pats is to protect Brady – their run game usually
consists of quick passes to the backs – especially if he’s not 100% come
kickoff. New England will do what they do offensively. If they can rattle Bortles
early on defensively, Brady will be back for another Super Bowl.
PREDICTION: Patriots 23 Jaguars 13
Vikings vs. Eagles
was right in saying that the Vikings/Saints clash would be a classic, however I
didn’t expect that ending. As a Packers fan, that almost killed me. I can’t be
too proud to say, however, that as a football fanatic, that was one of the
greatest games I’ve ever watched.
will be, in all likelihood, the better of the two games (as long as we keep
doubting Jacksonville). Two relatively inexperienced quarterbacks with elite
defenses go head-to-head. Who wins out? As much as I hate to say it, as
Walterfootball pointed out – this may be a team of destiny. Case Keenum is
playing out of his mind and the defense is truly elite. The Vikings will be
Super Bowl bound.
the following unless you’re Packers President Mark Murphy. Are you freaking
kidding me? Case. Freaking. Keenum. The Vikings third-string QB who has bounced
around from team to team is probably going to the Super Bowl. Professionally
speaking, how can you look at yourself and say you’ve done a good job? You have
one of the greatest signal-callers of all time at your disposal, and only one
SB to show for it. Maybe, I don’t know, invest in the defense? Make some moves
in free agency every once in a while? Maybe then we won’t see 25 undrafted free
agents from ITT Tech suit up each week because of injury? Maybe instead fire
your overwhelmed and underachieving D-coordinator 5 years ago? Sorry for that,
my inner Packer fan is still fuming.
PREDICTION: Vikings 20 Eagles 13