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January 11, 2008

Blowout City

FOXBORO | The 2007 Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot in common with the 2001 fly-under-the-radar-and-shock-the-world New England Patriots.

They can run the football. They are tough. They are confident. They have nothing to lose.

There is at least one major difference, among several. There were no 2007 New England Patriots around.

In the playoffs, those Patriots beat Oakland, Pittsburgh and then powerful St. Louis, the team which is closest to the current crop of Patriots.

There are other important differences which put the kibosh on this the Jaguars-are-the-old-Patriots theory. Here are a few: The 2001 Patriots had the three B's: a bye, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Enough with the obvious, though, and let's get right to the point: The Patriots are going to destroy the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That's right. DESTROY.

This has more to do with the Patriots than it does the Jaguars, but both will be equally culpable.

Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Patriots are rested

When you are good or even great for that matter, with veterans littered throughout the lineup, there is nothing like a week off. Nothing.

The bye is a beautiful thing for teams that know how to win like the Patriots do.

2. You must pass to beat the Pats

This is the myth that everyone, particularly the NFL pundits, is missing. Every Patriots "almost" loss had something in common. The opposition ran the ball and threw the ball very well.

You cannot beat the Patriots by running the football alone. You must also throw the ball. A.J. Feeley, Kyle Boller and Eli Manning, not really household names in the passing department, all had career games against the Patriots. This also means there is a risk involved and each of those quarterbacks made key mistakes, which in the end, cost their teams.

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