New England Patriots: 5 Jaguars to fear in AFC Championship matchup

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Blake Bortles
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1. Jalen Ramsey

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be looking for his Richard Sherman moment against Tom Brady.

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The second-year cornerback is part of a very tough Jacksonville secondary and is out to show Brady and the rest of the league that he has arrived.  Not only does he have the physical skills to impact the game, he has the confidence to make a prediction in this AFC Championship game and Super Bowl LI.

"“I ain’t got too much to say,” Ramsey said, via Sports Illustrated.  “But y’all make sure y’all bring that same energy out here next week and the week after.  We going to the Super Bowl.  And we gonna win that b—-.  We gonna win that b…. .”"

While Ramsey and the defense are very capable of doing their part to upset the New England Patriots, they will need Blake Bortles and the offense do their part.  That’s exactly why a couple of defensive turnovers can be key in this game.  Ramsey, who had 4 interceptions in the regular season, could force Brady into a couple mistakes.

How can a second-year player force a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback into a mistake?


If Jacksonville matches Jalen Ramsey up against Rob Gronkowski, Brady could attempt to force some passes.

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It will be up to Gronkowski to win that matchup.  If he doesn’t, advantage will go to the Jaguars’ secondary who also have another great cornerback in A.J. Bouye.