They are the team you love to hate. You really don’t understand the mechanics of these feelings.. or why you have them.. you just do. Maybe it’s the school-boy smirk on Tom Brady’s face as they pull another fourth quarter win out of their butt, or the swagger of Randy Moss as he crosses the goal line to break three records in one catch.. or maybe you just can’t stand Bill Belichick’s cut-throat tactics. Sure.. it could be any one of those things. But if you ask me: it’s the cold hard fact that:
No one likes a cheater.
Every nerd, band dork, and socially awkward kid in America will be rooting for the Jaguars to end the season of perfection that the Patriots have managed to string together. Why?… Because we’ve all been there. We’ve watched the cool kids, the athletes, and the bullies cheat for as long as we can remember, yet stood idly by so as to not get our asses thrown into our lockers. Now my friends the time has come for us to all unite for the greater good.
We must stop the Patriots.
The good faith of the little people rests in the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars as they march into Foxboro this weekend to face the Tom Brady and his band of brothers. Leading the fight in his first season as a starter is David Garrard. (Can you say dramatic irony?…) Garrard has not only earned the respect of his team, but has proven that he has the skills it takes to lead a team into the post season. He has the mobility and the athleticism to compete against the toughest teams in the AFC South, and had relatively few interceptions considering the defenses he faced. But Saturday, he’ll have to do better. Saturday will be his Super Bowl.
No team in the NFL has the ability to capitalize off of their opponents errors like the Patriots. Just ask Eli Manning or the slew of other quarterbacks whose mistakes proved to be costly errors in the waning minutes of their potential upsets. They are an opportunistic defense, no doubt, with the likes of Teddy Bruschi and Junior Seau, but they are not invincible.
So what do you do if you are the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense?… You run the ball. Keep your game on the ground!!!… With guards like Vince Manuwai to open up the backfield you’re giving your two most powerful weapons in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones Drew plenty of running room. And by running the ball: you limit your mistakes.
You limit your mistakes, you keep your offense on the field and Tom Brady’s ass on the bench. The Patriots offense has yet to be well-defended, even by some of the best in the league. So in this case: the best defense is a good offense.
Despite the nasty odds I still like the Jags in this game. Why?.. They never get shut out, they aren’t heavily penalized, and they don’t turn the ball over often. But the main reason I like the Jags is: because this is the play offs and anything can happen.