The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) will hit the road in Week 17 to take on the New England Patriots (9-6) in Foxboro. With the Patriots suffering back-to-back losses, they will look to come out strong against a lowly Jacksonville squad that has not won a game since Week 9.
The Jaguars are arguably the worst team in the league and have been the NFL’s punching bag the past six weeks. The team is in a total rebuild this year behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and they are actively trying to lose football games to get a better draft pick.
This game should go the Patriots’ way. While the Pats have not looked like themselves the past few weeks, they have a favorable schedule to end the regular season. The momentum should start here against the Jags.
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Jaguars vs Patriots Prediction
One of these teams is fighting for seeding in the AFC playoff picture while the other is tanking. I see this as a game that is best not to overthink. While the Patriots have had better days than they have had recently, they are still a strong enough team to withstand a team as lowly as the Jaguars.
I’m expecting a blowout here in Foxboro, and for the Patriots to regain momentum as the season comes to a close. With the Bills having the AFC East lead firmly in their grasp, the Patriots must win out to even have a shot at catching them.
Fact: The Jacksonville Jaguars are averaging 8.0 points in their last five games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Patriots 24, Jaguars 14
Jaguars vs Patriots Best Bets
Best Bet: Jaguars +16 (-110) at Caesars
Wager: 1.5 Units
That’s a lot of points. Too many. The Jaguars are awful, obviously, but the Patriots don’t have the offensive firepower to cover by three scores in my opinion.
I don’t enjoy backing bad teams, but this is an exception. With the Patriots not up to speed recently, I see this as a solid spot to back a Jags team that can be themselves and let New England make their own mistakes behind Mac Jones.
I would bet this down to Jaguars +14.5 in our NFL pick of the day series.
Best Bet: Under 41.5 Total Points (-110) at Caesars
Wager: 1 Unit
I don’t see this being a high-scoring affair by any means. The Jaguars have a lackluster defense and offense, while the Patriots boast the best defense in the NFL. Weather could also play a serious role in Foxboro and I think it is best to hop on this one early.
Expect this Under to hit by just one score.