AFC Championship Rematch – Week 2 Preview and Predictions

After game week one my predictions were mixed so I will be hoping to have a better set of predictions this week.

Week 2 throw’s up some top tier match-ups which include New England travelling to Jacksonville which will attract lots of attention to due it being a rematch of the AFC Conference match last season, whereby the Patriots came from behind in the 4th quester to win 24-20 and head off to the Superbowl. Both teams recorded wins and will aim to go 2-0 at the TIAA Bank Field.

A key match up will be Jacksonville’s cornerback Jalon Ramsey who, as I mentioned in my last post, has been voicing his opinion and said that the patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski who will be a first ballot hall of fame candidate has really bad games when put up against cornerbacks. So it will be interesting to see who lines up across from Gronkwoski and if Jacksonville will double team him as teams usually do and I think if Brady can use Gronkowski in motion (moving him before the play starts), Brady can assess the defence as he dictates the play behind the line of scrimmage.

Jacksonville maybe without first round draft choice running back Leonard Fournette who limped out of week 1’s opener against the New York Giants. The jaguars are primarily a run first team so losing their key piece would be a blow. Against a New England defence which already looks steps above last season’s and as they seem to have much more depth and the return of outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower is a big bonus as he missed the back end of last season and he was a key defensive cog which really hurt New England. Either way, both sides of the turf it will be an interesting game to watch. Like the last game, even if the Jaguars get a lead I expect Brady to work out the very good Jaguars defence in a one score game and 4th quarter comeback.

Predictions

Week 1 (9-6-1)

Week 2 (Prediction in Bold)

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

LA Chargers @ Buffalo Bills

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers

Cleveland Browns @ NO Saints

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals @ LA Rams

Detroit Lions @ San Fran 49ers

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears

Last Thursday

Baltimore Ravens 23-34 Cincinnati Bengals

This Thursday

New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns

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