Pats recognize Jags' offensive strengths

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Pats recognize Jags' offensive strengths

FOXBORO -- Any given Sunday. There's a reason why a professional football movie is named after that phrase.
It's true, on any given Sunday, you can be beat. But does phrase actually hold any weight this Sunday as the Patriots try to battle for a first-round playoff bye against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that's 2-12?
"I don't think you can really look at records," said Patriots safety Devin McCourty on Wednesday. "In this league, teams have talent across the board. So on any given Sunday, they can beat you."
When breaking down the Jaguars' key components on offense, McCourty discussed what he expects to see against quarterback Chad Henne and running back -- if he plays -- Maurice Jones-Drew.
"Henne ran the Dolphins' offense last year," said McCourty. "A guy that knew where the ball had to go. Especially, he got hot a couple times and was throwing some really good passes in there. And I think even this season when you watch him, he has games like the Houston game where he was just hitting everybody."
Henne threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions in Jacksonville's 43-37 loss to Houston in Week 11. So he's been able to produce in big games. 
But the Jaguars will most likely need to throw a healthy Jones-Drew at the Patriots' defense if they want to make Vegas' 14.5 point-spread look unrealistic.
"He's a workhorse, a guy that can catch the ball out of the backfield," said McCourty about the recovering Jones-Drew. " I think everybody knows what he can do running the ball with a handoff, but he does everything for them, so when he's on the field, I think it has to heighten our awareness."

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

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HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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