But the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle plans to do his best gnat imitation in Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots. But their defense surrendered the fourth-most yards.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady participates in warmups at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 17, 2018. According to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport, Brady needed stitches to fix a cut on his right thumb, suffered during Wednesday's practice. X-rays showed no structural damage.
Yes, the Jacksonville defense intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times and had two touchdowns in the Week 5 win in Pittsburgh, but that same defense was not going to do enough to beat the Steelers again, especially with revenge on the Steelers' minds. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit.
Take a look at the regular-season rankings in various defensive categories, and you can't miss the Jaguars.
Brady has faced a top-2 scoring defense in the playoffs three times, going 3-0 with a passer rating of 100-plus in each game. Their father, Marvin, was UCLA's leading rusher in 1970 and 1971 and went on to play in the CFL. "I'm coaching some high school football out here (in Oregon), and every now and then I'll go play some scout team". They just mix it in. New England allowed 4.7 yards per carry this season, second-worst in the league. "I thought they [offensive line] were up to the challenge against a very good front seven". Everybody is good at stripping the ball - their whole team is. Both teams might be led by backup quarterbacks, but Keenum has been under center for most of the year and the quality of his play should not be underestimated. Teams have limited opportunities to work in full pads, and the Patriots, among other things, focus on tempo and timing/execution in the passing game in those sessions.
PREDICTION: This is New England, it's January, it's Brady.
"When you've got the No. 1 defense coming in statistically, obviously, it fires us up", Cox said.
"We have to be ready".
"It's another monster that we've got to try to contain", Harrison said. There may not be a tougher assignment in all of football than covering Gronkowski.
SERIES HISTORY: 12th all-time meeting. Yet the Jaguars can't derail Tom Brady without an answer for the consistent barrage of short passes to running backs.
-Experience is generally seen as a benefit, whether it be in sports or life.
The once-hapless Jaguars are back in the AFC title game for the first time since the 1999 season, but it really is no fluke after they manhandled the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for the second time there this season.
The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played this Sunday in Foxboro, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Butler accepted on the spot and has been one of the surprise stories of the Patriots' 2017 season, which is a credit to himself and also a reflection on Belichick. "I think the team that plays well on Sunday, that will be the team that is victorious".
Brady and the Patriots know the stage, they know the stakes and they obviously know what it takes to win in this environment.
"Well, it doesn't", Belichick says. "We're going to go out there and give it everything because it's the championship, baby". That is what is going to determine the victor in that competition. However, the Patriots boast a superior interior line compared to their version two years ago. "Those games don't make any difference, with all due respect".
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