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Patriots the choice, even with 14½-point spread

New England is more than a two-touchdown favorite on the road, at Jacksonville. This game needs to be examined.

The spread — Patriots, minus 14½ — is fair. If Jacksonville isn’t the worst team in the league, it’s one of the worst. The Jaguars are second-to-last in points per game (15.6) and fourth-to-last in points allowed per game (27.4). Playing at home provides no discernible advantage because Jacksonville’s fans have given up. Empty seats are everywhere.

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