Five of six NFL Network analysts pick Jaguars over Pats
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Ahead of the AFC Championship Game this afternoon, analysts all across the TV world are making their picks. With the Patriots as 8.5-point favorites at most Las Vegas books, it seems like the Patriots would be the consensus selection. Not at NFL Network, though.
Five out of the network's six analysts somehow picked the Jaguars straight up. In Foxborough. Against Tom Brady. With Blake Bortles. While an upset isn't out of the cards completely (especially considering Tom Brady's hand), five out of six analysts picking a touchdown-plus underdog straight up is practically unheard of.
It's not hard to see the appeal--Jacksonville is a trendy pick coming off a major upset last week, and with Tom Brady's injury, there's never been a better time to fade the Patriots publicly. But aside from Willie McGinest, the NFL Network might just be jumping on the Jags bandwagon a little too quickly.