JAGUARS AT PATRIOTS
TIME: 3:05 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2
LINE: Patriots by 7½ (46½)
Tom Brady will be under serious pressure from the Jaguars defense.
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HANK’S HONEYS: Bill Belichick may not have to stare at Tom Coughlin’s crimson red face from the opposite sideline, but the Jaguars’ president still has some mojo on Emperor Hoodie left over from the two Giant Supes. The Jaguars are built with the same anti-Patriot formula. They can get pressure up the middle to get Tom Brady off his spot without blitzing, they have top cover guys and their offense can shorten the game with ball control. That’s not to say that Blake Bortles is going to the Super Bowl. After all, Bortles can throw interceptions with the worst of them. Plus, the weak spot of Jax D is covering RBs and TE. We just feel that this one falls within the point spread.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Jaguars and the under.
VIKINGS AT EAGLES
TIME: 6:40 p.m.
TV: Ch. 5
LINE: Vikings by 3, 38½
HANK’S HONEYS: Each defense is capable of taking over the game and there are questions about both quarterbacks, but the Vikings defense is just a little better while Case Keenum has to have a lot more confidence than Nick Foles after running the Vikings offense — and winning — all season long. The matchups, too, favor the Vikings with Jalen Mills on miracle man Stefon Diggs. Usually dome teams don’t perform outdoors on the road in the cold — i.e. the Falcons last week — but defense travels and the Vikings have plenty of that. Still, the game can truly go either way. The Vikings have to feel that destiny is guiding them to a home Super Bowl while the Eagles have a chip on their shoulder as Bird Dogs. Destiny wins the coin flip.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Vikings and the under.