The New England Patriots since winning 7 in a row have lost 2 games in a row and are currently in 6th place in the AFC rankings. Despite topping the AFC just a few weeks ago, they are still in danger of missing out on the playoffs altogether even with a 9-6 record.
The good news is that they’re in a great recovery position here against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who just can’t seem to get out of their own way. They had a real chance to beat the Jets last week but ruined it at the last minute thanks to penalties and blown defensive duties.
While the virality here is huge, let’s not forget that we’re talking about a rookie QB who will be joining Foxboro to take on Bill Belichick.
Here are the odds for this Week 17 head-to-head, with support from WynnBET Sportsbook.
While Trevor Lawrence was the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was Mac Jones who was the most impressive rookie signal caller this year. Jones, pick 15 in the draft, will probably win This season’s OROY Awards via Ja’Marr Chase.
While Lawrence is incredibly talented, he has struggled during his rookie season and will have to contend with the Patriots’ No. this weekend. NE is allowing opponents to score just 17.3 points per game and be in the top 5 for opponents yards per game, yards per play, and third-lower conversion rate. They held opposing quarterbacks with a completion rate of just 58.69% and 5.9 yards per pass. For a full-back like Lawrence, whose TD/INT is 14/9, this is a big deal. Honestly, Lawrence is likely to have the worst game of his youth career on Sunday.
We also have to consider the motivation to win this game. The Patriots have a future after the season while the Jaguars are playing for the little pride they left behind after the 2-13 season. I don’t usually bet on NFL favorites with such big spreads but in this case I’ll have to make an exception. The Jaguars have never been once in their last six games and were recently beaten by the Rams, Titans and Texas lowly. Even the Jets beat them last week.
While the Patriots’ offensive is no big deal, Belichick will prepare his team to pick up segregated Jaguars on both sides of the field. I hope they get an easy and easy win on Sunday.
Pick: New England Patriots -15.5 (-110)
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