While many people would have expected to see the New England Patriots at this stage, quite a few will be surprised to see the Jacksonville Jaguars here. They are huge underdogs going into the Championship round, but they have nothing to lose and can head out onto the field without fear against the favourites to land the Super Bowl, New England. The game is of course on live and at the US online bookmaker Bovada you may wager right now and during the action via their excellent live betting platform.
We have seen nothing but solid play from the Patriots this year, and again when the Tennessee Titans visited last weekend, we saw them play solid football to beat them. Tom Brady and co know what it takes to win at this time of year and they have all the experience of doing so, whereas the Jags have none. It is hard enough to go into New England and win during the regular season, let alone in the playoffs, and while ever that fear factor remains, the Patriots will always have the upper hand against the rest of the league.
We saw glimpses of quality from Brady last weekend, and I expect to see even more from him this weekend as he gets closer to taking his team to yet another Super Bowl.
We have seen two very different sides to the Jags so far in the playoffs, and if they are to have any chance of upsetting the odds, they must turn up in the same frame of mind as they did last weekend in Pittsburgh. They put 45 points on the board against the Steelers last weekend, and while the home team did not defend very well, take nothing away from the Jags who took their chances well. That was in stark contrast to the week before when the Jags managed just 10 points against the Bills. A repeat of that offensive performance and New England are going to tear them apart.
Blake Bortles played like a man on a mission last weekend, and the Jags need even more from him here if they are to upset the odds. The Patriots are clear favourites with the Bovada bookies to win this game and it is clear to see why. They have all the big game experience, as well as the home field advantage. The Jags have been up and down all season long, and if they are to have any chance here they must turn up and play their best football of the season. Even that may still not be enough though, and I am taking the Patriots to win this one comfortably.