The National Football League is coming to an end. We are two weeks away from Super Bowl 52. As you likely remember from all the years watching the Super Bowl – next week the teams and players will be off. It’s preparation for the Super Bowl. The week does see the Pro Bowl, which features the best players in the game. The Pro Bowl is rarely bet on, because of so many players choosing not to play. Last week we saw four really interesting football games with the Eagles and the Patriots winning on Saturday, while the Jaguars and Vikings came away with the win on Sunday. Now, we have the Final Four, with a pair of games on Sunday. Let’s look at both games:
Jacksonville Jaguars +10 over New England Patriots
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the fairy tale of this NFL postseason, but they do not feel as if they are any worse off than the other three remaining teams. The Jaguars, led by head coach Doug Marrone have seen tremendous defense all season long. Remember, this is the same Jaguars team that intercepted Ben Roethlisberger five times during the regular season win over Pittsburgh. The Jaguars allowed several late scores last week, but overall, this defense is not to be taken lightly. The offense will need to manage the football, and take care of it. Jacksonville’s offense made the Steelers defense look silly last week with 45 points. Leonard Fournette was the big story with 109 yards and 3 touchdowns. T.J. Yeldon also got into the end zone for the Jaguars, and was the top receiver as well. The receiving core is a group of guys that are looking to break out in the league. The Jaguars lost Allen Robinson before the season started, and Allen Hurns has been banged up all season.
The New England Patriots had all the drama coming into the Titans game about the team not getting along, etc. It does not matter with this group – as they are looking for two more wins and another Super Bowl title. The Patriots fell behind 7-0 to the Titans last week, and then scored the next 35 points. Tom Brady finished the game with 254 yards and 2 touchdowns, of course not throwing an interception. New England saw James White get into the end zone twice in the game, finishing with 11 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards. The Patriots have several guys to plug and play at the running back position, with Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden getting in on the party. Rob Gronkowski last week caught 6 passes for 81 yards, and the Jaguars are going to have to have quite the plan for him.
Look for the Patriots to win this game, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to compete. If Blake Bortles takes care of the football, and does not turn it over, they are going to have a chance to win the game late. We do not expect them to win the game, but covering the spread should be done. Take the Jaguars +10 over the Patriots.
Minnesota Vikings -3 over Philadelphia Eagles
The Minnesota Vikings won on a miracle throw from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as the time expired last week over the Saints. While they may have gotten lucky, they have also been good this season. The Vikings won the NFC North with 13 wins in the regular season. In that game, Keenum threw for more than 315 yards, with that pass to Diggs being his only touchdown pass. Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon both got into the end zone on the ground. The Vikings are a well rounded offensive team with guys like Adam Thielen, who are giving 100% every time. The defense for Minnesota has been overlooked all season, and should be ready to slow down the run game of Jay Ajayi and force the Eagles to pass the football.
Once Carson Wentz went down, many gave the Philadelphia Eagles no chance to get to the Super Bowl. Despite being the top seed, the Eagles were underdogs at home against Atlanta, and are underdogs in this game as well. The Eagles won last week with tremendous defense and the ability to run the football. Look for more of that from Philadelphia this week. Jay Ajayi got a heavy work load of 15 carries a week ago, and we would not be surprised if the Eagles give him nearly 20 this week. Alshon Jeffrey is the top receiver for the Eagles, as he finished with 61 yards a week ago.
The Eagles are going to want to run the football most of the game, but if they fall behind they are going to have a tough time coming back. Look for the balance of Minnesota to keep them off their game, and allow them to win on the road. The Vikings win this game over the Eagles 24-17.
There is a look at the AFC Championship and NFC Championship. These are four of the best teams in the league, there is no doubt about it. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the underdog of the four remaining teams, but their defense is probably the toughest. They will have a tough test taking down the defending champion Patriots, but it should be fun to find out what happens. Best of luck with all your National Football League betting. Enjoy the games, and we will see you back with our Super Bowl 52 picks soon enough! Good luck with your US sports betting.