Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) at New England Patriots (17-2)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Gillette Stadium)

Line and Odds: New England Patriots -3.5 — Over/Under: 40.5

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FREE NFL Pick Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots

The Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots meet Thursday for the first NFL preseason action of the year at Gillette Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t won five games the last six years in a row and have a new head coach in Doug Marrone. The Jaguars added a lot of new pieces to the offense, starting up front on the offensive line with Earl Watford and Cam Robinson. Blue chip rookie running back Leonard Fournette selected early in the draft for the Jags, will be given every chance in the world to become the difference maker in the backfield. All these new additions to the offense are steps the Jags are taking in hope that quarterback Blake Bortles can take that next leap in his career after constant sloppy, subpar play that everyone is doubting if he’s in fact “that guy”. Chad Henne and Brandon Allen will continue to fight for the backup position. Defensively, Jacksonville hope to have an improved Dante Fowler Jr. on the field, especially with the addition of Calais Campbell. Jacksonville also revamped their whole linebacker situation starting with Lerentee McCray, Josh McNary, Audie Cole and Blair Brown, who will all be fighting for playing time. It’s all about who’s next to step up in Jacksonville, as this team needs some serious navigating in the right direction.

The New England Patriots are fresh off one of the best Super Bowl performance in NFL history and enter yet another season as the favorite to win it all again. Tomorrow Brady will play very little if at all in the preseason, so expect to see a ton of Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brisett in these games. The Patriots got better on offense, yea I said it, better at offense! New England added running back Mike Gillislee, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen, it’s going to be exciting seeing all this talent added to an offense that was able to already score 30 with no effort. Rex Burkhead is looking like he might win the starting running back position in New England. Defensively, the Patriots have three new starters in Kony Early, David Harris and Stephon Gilmore, but it’s all about the backups during preseason, and I’m looking forward to see guys like Cyrus Jones and Deatrich Wise. The Patriots know what their staters are capable of already, so get ready to see a lot of backups and experimenting far more than any other team.

Cover The Spread 365 NFL preseason betting trends:

Jaguars

  • 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
  • 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf
  • 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC 

Patriots

  • 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf
  • 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 home games
  • 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall

FREE NFL Preseason Prediction Patriots vs. Jaguars

Even though the Patriots never play Tom Brady in the preseason, guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Brisett have shown they can win during the regular season. Having them pick apart second and third string defenses isn’t fair. The Jaguars do have a lot of young potential players that usually results in preseason wins, but we are talking about the Patriots. You can’t bet against New England in spots like this, as their backups are better than have the league’s starters.

 New England Patriots -3.5