It is a key game for both teams since the Jaguars are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Patriots are looking to clinch the AFC East. NFL betting odds have New England favored by more than a touchdown at home.
Bet on football had the Jaguars playing an exciting game last week but one in which they also lost. Jacksonville fell at home 35-31 to the Colts in a game that included 714 yards, 43 first downs and 10 lead changes. The Jaguars have now lost in three of their last four games. David Garrard was 23 of 40 for 223 yards last week with three touchdowns but he missed open receivers at key times and it cost Jacksonville the game. Now the Jaguars have to try and get a win at New England and that won’t be easy.
The Patriots did just enough last week in NFL betting to beat the Buffalo Bills. Randy Moss had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown while the defense played well led by Tully Banta-Cain who had three sacks. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for a season-worst 115 yards but the Patriots still found a way to win. "I don't know about making a statement. We got the job done, and that's the most important thing," linebacker Adalius Thomas said, "Winning makes everything better." Since 2003, the Patriots are 26-3 in the month of December. They are likely to be the popular choice in this matchup against a Jaguars team that has really struggled lately versus the pointspread.
Jacksonville has struggled in bet on football action against AFC teams of late, going 2-5 ATS in their last 7. Jacksonville is not playing well against anyone recently. They are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 bet on football games overall.
Bet on football trends show that the Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 16. New England is 5-2 against the NFL betting odds in the last seven games against Jacksonville.
Four of the last five Jacksonville games have gone under the bet on football total. Seven of their last nine on the road in NFL betting have gone under. Four of the last five New England games have gone over for those that bet on football.