Brady to tame Jaguars

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In the animal kingdom you’d never give a goat a prayer against a Jaguar. However, in the world of NFL the GOAT is the more fearsome animal, capable of making these particularly Jags look like kittens.

There can be no question New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). He will be lining up in his seventh successive AFC Championship game on Sunday night, looking to keep alive his dream of a sixth Super Bowl ring.

Despite being 40, Brady has looked as good this year as he ever has done, pulling apart the Tennessee Titans last weekend. However, Brady faces a serious threat on Sunday when Jacksonville come to town.

The Jags have been nicknamed ‘Sacksonville’ having downed the quarter-back 55 times during the course of the season. They have made great QBs look very ordinary at times, just ask Ben Roethlisberger.

They could make life tough for Brady but whether the Jags offence can get it done is much more debatable.

Jacksonville quarter-back Blake Bortles might have been part of an offence which scored 45 points in Pittsburgh last week but a lot of that was down to running-back Leonard Fournette’s hat-trick of touchdowns.

Bortles cannot be trusted and for that reason the Pats to cover the 8.5 spread at 10/11 is the choice here.

The NFC Championship game is much tougher to call as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings.

These two have phenomenal defences, finishing the regular season ranked one and four, so it could come down to how the two back-up quarter-backs handle the pressure they are likely to come under.

Both the Vikings’ Case Keenum and the Eagles QB Nick Foles have minimal play-off experience and both have weaknesses which could cost their respective teams.

With the strength of the defences and the QBs on show, under 38.5 points at 10/11 makes sense.

As for who is going to win the match you could toss a coin to decide. The Eagles at 7/5 offer value and having upset Atlanta last week, combined with having the home fans behind them, they are taken to edge what should be a bruising encounter.

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