The Jaguars are led vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, who is known as the only head coach not to blink when he faces Bill Belichick. He’s defeated the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl.
Blake Bortles is a relatively average quarterback that ranges between eye-rollingly bad and “good enough.” Sounds like Eli Manning to me, and if you’ve never heard of “Keelan Cole” or “Dede Westbrook” before, then you can be assured they’ll make a couple impossible circus catches against New England.
Leonard Fournette is a 6’0, 240-pound bulldozer of a running back that carried the team to victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s exactly the type of player the New York Giants had with Brandon Jacobs, except Fournette is better.
Jacksonville has the best secondary in the NFL, with two All Pro cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye and a very solid supporting cast in SS Barry Church, FS Tashaun Gipson, and nickel corner Aaron Colvin. They’re complemented by one of the best pass rushes in the NFL with All Pro Calais Campbell and Pro Bowler Malik Jackson and pass rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler combining for 42.5 sacks in the regular season.
Now when has a Tom Coughlin pass rush ever given the Patriots fits?
This Jaguars team has the traits of both of those Giants teams that upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl and the Patriots will be favored to win this one, too. New England might have success against the style of defense the Jaguars play, which is similar to that of the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons, but I don’t like it one bit. Not. At. All.