Many fans and media pundits alike feel that the Jacksonville Jaguars are somewhat of a Cinderella story.
The same can be said of the Vikings, who entered the season with Sam Bradford as their quarterback and had big playoff hopes. They just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers for the second time in a few months, and they did so by going toe-to-toe with the home team offensively - something they weren't supposed to be able to do. "I think the thing is that we don't really take it for granted around here". Although Jacksonville had an incredible ride this season and should be taken very seriously, this is where the roads ends. In my opinion the Patriots should win this one if they can play like they already have been. Stopping Fournette will likely be the top priority for New England's defense. With both being valuable assets, the Patriots decided that it would be in their best interest to trade them.
As usual, the Patriots players echoed the sentiments of their head coach.
Tom Brady, pictured above celebrating a touchdown in New England's playoff win over Tennessee, was limited in Wednesday's practice with a right hand injury.
And though the lightly-touted players who'll be behind center on Championship Weekend aren't going to alter the trends of a quarterback-driven league, Eagles defenders are relishing the construction of the NFL's remaining teams.
New England has won five titles in this era, and they've earned the top spot in the AFC seven times.
After nine seasons as an anchor of the Arizona Cardinals defense as a defensive end/tackle Campbell has helped change the culture of a team that has been overlooked for the better part of the new millennium. The Patriots are 14-3 going into the AFC title game against Jacksonville, which is 12-6 on the season.
The Vikings have kindred spirits in the Eagles, whom they will play Sunday for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Philadelphia will still be without quarterback Carson Wentz. Foles performed better than expected as he completed over 76 percent of his passes for 246 yards without any turnovers.
Bing's National Football League predictions use team and player statistics and web activity to build a statistical model that takes into account historical data and real-time information (like injuries, suspensions, and lineup changes). The Jags are extremely strong through the air, but they do have some weak spots in their defense against the run.
Ngakoue has 20 career sacks, the most by anyone in franchise history during a two-year span. Minnesota's unit, which allowed 0.5 yards per play less than Atlanta this year, will find creative ways to bother Foles and grind the Philadelphia offense to a halt.
The Jaguars were 10-of-13 on fourth down in the regular season. The Jags beat the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round 10-3 as eight-point home chalks.
"So, I picked against both these teams a week ago". Most teams spend generations without an elite quarterback; ask the Cleveland Browns. Le'Veon Bell averaged 4.2 yards per carry last week but only carried the ball 16 times because the Steelers got behind early.