New England Patriots Pass Defense vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Pass Offense
Chad Henne may be a less accurate quarterback than Blaine Gabbert, but the fits this offense a lot better with his arm strength and ability to hit his receivers deep. Receivers like Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are best suited to have this quarterback, and it’s no surprise that those two have performed at a high level with Henne at the helm.
So while Henne has an atrocious completion percentage that is far lower than Gabbert’s, he’s the more efficient quarterback on a per pass basis due to his ability to stretch the opposing defenses deep. That’s a weakness that the Patriots have, and not having Alfonzo Dennard on the field will allow fellow rookie Justin Blackmon to better take advantage of this minor mismatch and stretch the field vertically. Despite this, the Patriots pass defense shouldn’t have much of a problem stopping Henne, and I could see them getting two picks off of him.
Patriots Run Defense vs. Jaguars Run Offense
I truly feel for Jaguars fans, because they have had to deal with constant injuries at the running back position with star Maurice Jones-Drew out with a foot injury since Week 7 (he probably won’t play next week either). Backup Rashad Jennings is out with a concussion and was ineffective when healthy, so the Jags rushing offense won’t be effective against the Patriots staunch run defense. Consider the absence of Brandon Spikes as the only saving grace for the home team’s rushing attack.
This is going to be an easy victory for the New England Patriots, but I can see the Jags getting a couple of big plays off in the passing game. I see the Pats taking this game 37-14.
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