In today’s AFC Championship game preview we look at the betting odds between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots. The game will kickoff at 3:05 PM EST on Sunday, January 21st, 2018. If you want to bet on either of the conference championship games or if you want to bet on Superbowl 2018 check out the above reviewed online betting sites.
The New England Patriots, who are in the AFC Championship Game for the seventh consecutive season, will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday to decide who gets to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. The game will be played at Gillette Stadium, and it is scheduled to begin at 3:05 PM. ET.
Can the Jaguars Make a Game out of This?
The Jaguars are coming off a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, knocking out the second seeded team in the conference. The Jaguars, who had already defeated the Steelers at Heinz Field once this season, proved that their week 5 win wasn’t a fluke and sent a message to the rest of the teams in the playoffs that they are not to be taken lightly.
The Jaguars will try to get inside Tom Brady’s head by sending pressure every time he drops back to throw. If they can rattle the five-time Super Bowl champion, they might be able to force him into making a few mistakes.
Are the Patriots Destined to Repeat?
The Patriots didn’t have any trouble dispatching the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, and with Bill Belichick running the show, there is no chance that they will overlook the Jaguars on Sunday. In the Divisional Round, the Patriots defense stepped up, sacking Marcus Mariota eight times during the game.
Tom Brady also continued to add to his playoff legacy, finishing the game with 337 yards and three touchdowns. Just like any of the past 10 years, the Patriots are once again early Super Bowl online betting favorites going into Super Bowl LII.
The Patriots defense will likely follow the same game plan on Sunday and focus on shutting down the run early so they can go after Blake Bortles and try to force some turnovers. However, their offensive line will need to prevent Jacksonville’s defense from getting to Brady, which is easier said than done.
AFC Championship Game Picks and Predictions
The Patriots are favored to win the game by 9 points. The over/under on total points scored is 46.5. The Patriots have an impressive 10-1 record against the Jaguars and will go into the game with a lot of confidence. However, their defense won’t let things get out of hand. Take Jacksonville +9 betting odds which doesn’t mean they are going to win and make it to Super Bowl 2018, but they won’t lose the AFC Championship game by more than 9 points.