"It's the best team we've faced all year". Jacksonville is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New England.
Former quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be the honorary captain, and on a conference call Friday, he joked he would be ready if called upon.
Brady will want to cool Jacksonville's pass rush by getting the ball out quick. Brady is generally considerd the heartbeat of the New England Patriots and having traded Jimmy Garoppolo away during the last offseason, Bill Beichick would have to rely on Brian Hoyer to beat an excellent Jaguars defense. But if Brady is affected in any way from the collision, that could be trouble for the Patriots as they prepare for the NFL's most ferocious defense. "The more of that we can do, the better".
Tom Brady was limited in practice Wednesday because of a right hand injury, according to the team's participation report. He had some games where he was bad and others where he looked like a competent quarterback while Jacksonville was making their playoff run. He has yet to turn the football over. Needless to say, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars fans will be paying extra attention to the referees on Sunday. In other words, he just didn't screw it up. The specifics of the injury, however, remain unknown. The game is going to be decided by who plays the best, not who hypes the best or speaks the best.
"You've got a guy who has been there, and he can help us out and let us know what to expect", Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said of Jackson. While the team should be okay without Jones, his loss will hurt if any of the team's top three cornerbacks go down with an injury. He compiled a passer rating of 15.9, which is almost unheard of considering that you could throw the ball into the turf every play and still wind up with a rating of 39.6.
"I've worn them before", Brady said.
New England was a 9.5-point favorite at the start of the week. During the Jaguars' 45-42 AFC Divisional Round victory against the Steelers last week, Ngakoue sack-fumble against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led to Telvin Smith's 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Jones really stepped up this season in the absence of both Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore at key points in the season. Things that happened before tend to happen again. That is what gets their offense going and takes some pressure off Blake Bortles. He's brought the necessary pieces and the blueprint; can Jacksonville use the Coughlin's knowledge to make their first Super Bowl appearance?
New England is playing in its unprecedented seventh straight AFC Championship Game.