Predicted Score: Patrtiots 27, Jaguars 20
New England: The quest for 19-0 continues as the Patriots look for the fourth Super Bowl in seven years. Along the way, New England has set offensive records for points scored (598) and total touchdowns (78) along with numerous individual awards for Brady and Moss. The Jaguars are the next opponent and while I'm sure Bill Belichick is busy touting the virtues of Jacksonville's run-game and defensive line, the Patriots are a 13.5-point favorite for a reason… they're the better team. They didn't play a soft-schedule either with victories over six playoff teams including San Diego, Dallas, and Indianapolis. Can the Jags pull off the upset? Sure, anything is possible but the Patriots playing close to their peak level will be enough for 17-0.
- Start: QB Tom Brady, WR Randy Moss, WR Wes Welker
- Consider: RB Laurence Maroney
- Sit: WR Donte Stallworth TE Ben Watson
Jacksonville: It was no surprise that the Jaguars beat the Steelers; after all they had just beaten them three weeks earlier. This week however, Jacksonville faces their biggest challenge of the season. They do have an apparent matchup advantage on paper as Jacksonville's ground game could exploit the soft spot in the Patriots defense… stopping the run. Fred Taylor is enjoying his best season in years, averaging 5.4 yds per carry and Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off a two-TD performance against Pittsburgh. The task will be not to fall too far behind the Patriots scoring machine, negating Taylor and Jones-Drew. I love David Garrard as leader, but not in a situation having to match scores with Brady. If that happens… game, set and match for New England. On the injury front, defensive tackle John Henderson hasn't practiced this week, but still plans on playing despite his strained hamstring.
- Start: QB David Garrard, RB Maurice Jones-Drew
- Consider: RB Fred Taylor, WR Reggie Williams, Jaguars D/ST
- Sit: WR Dennis Northcutt, WR Ernest Wilford, TE Marcedes Lewis WR Matt Jones