The Patriots will host the 1-1 Jacksonville Jaguars with both teams coming off of big wins against an AFC East opponent.
Jaguars played their best game in a long time when they defeated the Miami Dolphins last week, 23-20.
This is a team the Patriots should beat and probably will, but still, three matchups I will list could alter the outcome if they don’t go the Patriots way.
1. FS Sergio Brown Vs TE Rob Gronkowski:.
Yes, the same Sergio Brown that Gronk tossed out of the club last year during a win over the Colts. Brown, now a Jaguar, remembers it all too well. He will match up with Gronk, but I’m sure not alone on Sunday. This will be one of the most interesting matchups to watch because of last year, obviously, and because Gronk plays a vital role in New England’s offense. Brown didn’t do the worst job on Gronk nor the best, so it will be interesting on Sunday.
2. WR Allen Robinson Vs CB Malcolm Butler.
Huge matchup here and a crucial one. The secondary will have a nice test of how they perform against a team with all big guys at wide out and speedy ones too. Robinson is a big time playmaker for the Jaguars and Bortles favorite target. He’s a must stop on Sunday and Butler is just the guy to do it. He has to, or this could turn into a scary good game. Robinson is a 6’3 play maker going against the smaller Butler. Butler can handle himself against bigger targets and speedy ones. We will see how this matchup plays out.
3. WR Allen Hurns Vs CB Tarell Brown.
This is a big matchup. Allen Hurns is a big guy too, standing 6’3 over the 5’11 Tarell Brown. He’s another favorite target of Bortles. I think Brown will get this matchup, maybe it’s Fletcher, but I doubt that. If the Patriots two starting outside corners can shut down Hurns and Robinson, this game will be a blow out, and if they cannot, this game will be close. The Pats will be tested against bigger wide receivers, which is exactly what needs to happen early in the season. Brown is very good, so I’m excited for this match.