Once again, the entire world outside of Boston will be rooting against the Patriots. Does Jacksonville have what it takes? I think not. However, what the players lack in skill set, their coaching makes up for with grit and smarts and experience. Former Dolphin Doug Marrone leads the Jaguars, and I guarantee you that he’s smart enough to study how easily the Dolphins beat New England last month, rather than studying what Pittsburgh and Tennessee, among others, did wrong. You beat a bully by punching them in the face, not by trying to be cute.
In the NFC, it’s a battle of a couple of forgotten QBs, both of them third stringers who are better than any Dolphins QB. But when you study how good their defenses are, plus the other skill positions on offense, you see why these teams succeeded. Eagles coach Doug Pederson is another ex-Dolphin taught by Don Shula who rightfully learned and earned his way to a head coaching job (compared to a certain Miami head coach who never played pro ball a day in his life, and who learned under a series of unknowns and underachievers).
If this game were played last Sunday evening, right after the Vikings scored that miracle last-second victory, I’d give the edge to Minnesota. But momentum tends to wane after a week, so I think the Philly home fans will make it tough for the Vikes. Meanwhile, the refs will make it tough for the Jags. Probably both home teams win today, but we can hope otherwise.
In other news, the Dolphins officially hired Dowell Loggains as our new offensive coordinator. The Pats, Jets, and Bills are now terrified.