2018 NFL Picks & Betting Odds Week 2 – New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars Predictions

2018 NFL Picks & Betting Odds Week 2 – New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars Predictions: One of the premier games on the week 2 NFL schedule takes place Sunday afternoon when the New England Patriots travel south to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a potential AFC Championship Game preview. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. The betting odds for this game have the Patriots a -1.5 point favorite at Bovada Sportsbook with the game total at over/under 45 points. You can bet on this game at Bovada and get upto a 100% MATCH BONUS on your 1st deposit. Read more about Bovada and the current bonus offers they are offering on our Bovada Sportsbook review page.

2018 NFL Picks & Betting Odds Week 2 – New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars Predictions

The New England Patriots come into this week with a 1-0 record after beating the Houston Texans 27-20 last Sunday. The Patriots covered the -6.5 point spread over the Texans and controlled the game start to finish while winning easier then the final score would indicate.

New England looked efficient offensively last week against Houston despite being without suspended wide receiver Julian Edelman. Tom Brady was his typical surgical self as he connected on 26 of his 39 passes while throwing 3 touchdowns and having one tipped pass intercepted. Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for 7 completions and 1 touchdown while also tossing 7 balls to wide out Phillip Dorsett for 66 yards and a touchdown.

The biggest takeaway from New England’s week 1 win was the way the defense played. The defense looked much improved over last season’s porous unit as they played well the whole game and limited Texans quarterback to just 176 yards passing with a 50% completion percentage on 34 throws. The defense sacked Watson three times and did a great job on limiting his ability to break loose out of the pocket and create plays downfield or with his legs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars also won their opener by beating the New York Giants on the road 20-15 last week. The Jaguars covered the -3 point spread and looked very similar to the team that slugged out wins last season in a grind out fashion.

The Jaguars offense was less then spectacular to say the least in their win over the Gmen. Quarterback Blake Bortles was 18 for 33 passing with 176 yards and had 1 touchdown while also throwing 1 interception. The Jaguars running game was solid as they gained 137 yards on 28 carries with running back T.J. Yeldon gaining 51 yards on 14 carries and Leonard Fournette getting 41 yards on 9 carries.

The defense for the Jaguars was solid as expected last week. The unit held Giants quarterback Eli Manning to just 224 yards passing on 37 attempts while intercepting Manning once and holding him to a goose egg on touchdown passes. The Jaguars run defense did look lackluster as they allowed Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley to rush for 106 yards on 18 carries including a 68 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to make things interesting late.

These two teams are most likely going to be in the AFC Title hunt all season barring injuries and this matchup should be a great test to see who has the upper hand early in the season. Our money is going on New England for the simple reason that they have Tom Brady and the Jaguars have Blake Bortles. Sure, it sounds easy to say but quarterback play in the NFL is usually the determining factor on who wins the game especially when both teams are pretty evenly matched. We trust Brady to find a way to deliver while we simply don’t think Bortles will be able to pull out the last minute drive he will need.

Bet on New England -1.5 at Bovada Sportsbook.

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