The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) and the New England Patriots (9-6) square off for an AFC matchup in Week 17 at Gillette Stadium.
In Week 16, the Jaguars dropped their sixth straight contest when they fell to the Jets on the road. Similarly, the Patriots were knocked off by the Bills 33-21 and dropped their second straight.
The Jaguars have had a disaster of a season and are playing for pride and the number one pick, while the Patriots are battling for the division title and a playoff spot.
Let’s dive into this matchup and see how each team stacks up so you can get all set to continue betting against the NFL Odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Jacksonville Jaguars at New England
Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Preview: Jaguars Massive Underdogs Vs. Patriots
The Jacksonville Jaguars come into this matchup with a tumultuous two wins and 13 losses.
Despite this, they had a chance to improve their record last week against the Jets and came up just short, failing to score a touchdown on the one-yard line as time expired.
Jacksonville’s offense totaled an impressive 384 yards and got a solid 130 yards rushing.
Trevor Lawrence had a solid day throwing for 280 yards but fumbled twice in the loss. The former number one overall pick has failed to live up to the expectations as he has only one passing touchdown in his last eight contests.
Defensively, the Jaguars allowed the Jets to run all over their front seven as they surrendered a whopping 273 yards on the ground. In addition to Zach Wilson rushing for 91 yards and a score, he threw for another 102 yards with a passing touchdown.
The defense conceded 26 points on the day and is conceding 26.4 points per game to opponents this year.
New England Patriots Betting Preview: New England Looks to Break Two-Game Skid
The Patriots come into this matchup on a bit of a cold streak after rattling off seven straight wins prior. Unfortunately for them, they have fallen back into a tie with the Bills for the AFC East title and look to get back on track with a win against the Jags.
New England’s defense has been the catalyst for this team. However, they could not contain Josh Allen last week as he shredded that defense for 314 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Despite conceding 33 points against the Bills, the Patriots still own one of the best defenses in the league as they boast a scoring defense that gives up a league-leading 17.3 points per game and rank third in total defense (315.5).
Offensively, the Patriots lean on their rushing attack with Damien Harris leading the charge. Last week Harris totaled 103 yards and three scores, while Mac Jones struggled to protect the ball.
Jones finished with two interceptions and now has back-to-back games with multiple picks. Overall, the offense will be just fine as they’re averaging 25.9 points per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Patriots as the -15 home favorite, with the point total set at 41.5.
Free Betting Pick
There’s a reason the spread is so high in this matchup, and it’s because this is the standard operating procedure for the New England Patriots.
The Jaguars have no business competing in this game other than for pride, but they also want the number one pick, and the Patriots will gladly put a beating on them as they try to recover from a two-game skid.
New England looks to get back on track with their run game, and the Jaguars allow 123.5 yards on the ground per game.
Additionally, the Patriots are 9-6 against the spread this year and are 4-0 ATS when the spread is -7 or higher. Bill Belichick and the Patriots should get back to playing championship defense and will control the clock, while Mac Jones will dominate the Jacksonville secondary no problem.
Free Pick: Patriots -15