Patriots QB Tom Brady envisions ’emotional environment’ against Jaguars
The New England Patriots are set to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 of the regular season in what will be a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game.
This will stir up plenty of emotions on the field with the Jaguars looking to avenge their disappointing loss last January that saw them fall just short of reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. With that in mind, Tom Brady has voiced that he believes it will be an intense environment with plenty of emotions involved, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“It’s going to be an emotional environment,” Brady said, via a transcript of his press conference. “I think everyone, whenever you play some of the best teams, you want to see where you’re measured up to, and that defense has been ranked very high all last year, and I could see why. We practiced against them. They were very good. They’ve got a lot of very talented players — some of the guys that are probably the best at their position. So, it’s going to be a great environment for football — 4:30 game, so everyone’s going to be watching. It should be a really great game for us to go out and see what we’re made of.”
The Jaguars have plenty of motivation to get the upper hand against Brady and the Patriots, especially with how things transpired in the AFC Championship. They had control of the game in the first half, but things slipped away in the final two quarters as the team played more conservative that contributed significantly to their downfall.
The Jaguars may be short-handed possibly without the services of star running back Leonard Fournette due to a hamstring injury, but the team has put together a robust all-around roster anchored by their defense. This should see much of the focus is shifted toward how the Jaguars handle Brady defensively, especially on their home field.
All of this sets up what should be another entertaining showdown between both teams in what could turn out to be a statement game.