2018 NFL Preview: Conference Championship

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Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

This game was supposed to be Steelers-Patriots, at least that’s the way Pittsburgh saw it.  Instead, the Jaguars have a chance to truly shock the world.

And I think they have a good shot of doing so.  Jacksonville poses a possible threat to Tom Brady and Co. by having two things: a strong secondary and lethal pass rush.  Teams that have given Brady fits in the past (the Denver Broncos and New York Giants) also had those two vital components, and did those two things VERY well.

I think Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey would be a helluva matchup for all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski.  The Jags’ front four led by Calais Campbell can get home without having to blitz.

All that said, I still think the Pats will come out on top — Brady’s injured throwing hand be damned.  I’m never going to pick against Brady in the playoffs, especially in favor for the immortal Blake Bortles.

By the way, am I the only one that’s calling bullshit on that hand injury?  Patriots 21, Jaguars 13.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

For those of you who likes defensive struggles, this is the game for you.  Both teams’ defense are near the top in terms of points and yards allowed.  Both offenses are led by journeymen backup QBs who, while playing well thus far, is not expected to light up the scoreboard.

I think in a game like this, whoever is the first to 14 points wins.  And I think that team will be Minnesota.  Yeah, I know the Vikings will be on the road, but after that wild-ass finish last week vs. the Saints, I think it is meant to be for them.

Sorry Philly, but that Super Bowl dream is gonna dissipate – AGAIN…  Vikings 14, Eagles 10.

 

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