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Tom Brady sits out Patriots practice due to hand injury

Tom Brady sits out Patriots practice due to hand injury

I could conjure up a clever, tidy explanation for this, but it's most likely because there are two football games instead of one.

But as for the folks who will win these games?

BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL? All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey caused a stir when he told thousands of fans awaiting the team's return after their win over the Steelers that the Jaguars "are going to the Super Bowl and we are going to win that (expletive)".

Meanwhile, Philadelphia is playing for the NFC title for the 11th time, but hasn't won it since the 2004 season - when the Eagles went on to lose to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

They're the freaking Pats.

Asked about how impressive it was for the Jaguars to go into Pittsburgh and win, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "Very impressive; yeah".

He would be limited tomorrow so they can continue with preparations and get Brady back involved.

The Patriots' biggest danger lies in forgetting that the Jaguars are an elite football team. So, can Tom Coughlin's magic pay off with these brash Jaguars?

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Danny Amendola was asked if he caught any passes from Brady in practice, to which he responded "I believe I did". And he's the greatest of all time at doing it.

"He's going to be out there, he's going to play, he's going to play to his best of ability and do what he does", Ramsey said. Of course, that's a chance they will not get, at least this season. For Jacksonville, it meant going from the league's 27th ranked defense in 2016 to the league's second-best defense this season. They lost because Jacksonville was obviously a matchup nightmare for the Steelers.

Campbell tied for second in NFL with 14.5 sacks, while Ngakoue added 12 and led the league by forcing six fumbles. And hey, the Jags' current VP knows a thing or two about that... They've been the final pieces for a D that's played outstanding all year.

Another Liberian-American running back to have a good performance over the weekend, Coleman was the more effective of the Atlanta Falcons running backs in their loss to Philadelphia.

But think of Vikings quarterback Case Keenum versus Foles. By golly, gosh dern. While Tevin Coleman tallied 79 yards from 10 carries, including a 23-yard rush, Devonta Freeman finished with just seven yards from his 10 attempts. "That's insane, though. I've never seen anything like that before".

Brady wore a glove on the injured hand during the stretching portion of practice that was open to reporters. If there's a fanbase who can will their home team to victory, it's this one. There's just something about this Jaguars defense that reminds me of those vintage Ravens teams. This should go without saying but, this is very rare. "What we run this week could be totally different from what we ran last week, so it's kind of a week-to-week basis". For Minnesota, give the 3.5 points in a nail-biter and under 38.5. "I figure I've got one or two good plays in me, and that's about it". "I take the point back, the taunting".

As they say in politics, this one is too close to call. The Jaguars are playing in the championship tilt for the first time since 1999.


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