LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - While it will take some time to get over the sting of the AFC Championship Game loss to the New England Patriots, a handful of Jaguars players have been distracted by the fanfare and fun of NFL Pro Bowl week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Orlando area.
The distraction has helped the Jaguars' top players relax and reflect while they cope with the miserable loss.
During the festivities, the players were asked about several topics, including their favorite Disney rides and their offseason plans. Once the superficial stuff was out of the way, the Jaguars' Pro Bowl players were asked about their Super Bowl predictions.
Some were more helpful with the predictions than others.
"Because we didn't make it, I don't care," linebacker Telvin Smith said with a laugh.
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Unlike Smith, the Jaguars' defensive backs have a clear rooting interest in the matchup between the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"It's going to be tough but a lot of people aren't giving Philly their respect," cornerback A.J. Bouye said.
"I think they might get it because [Nick] Foles is a streaky guy and look what he is doing in the playoffs. That defense, they make a lot of plays."
Fellow cornerback Jalen Ramsey isn't just rooting for the underdogs because they've been disrespected. The second-year defensive back has several friends on the Philadelphia squad.
"There's a lot of Florida State dudes on Philly," Ramsey said.
"You've got Ronald Darby, you've got Timmy Jernigan, [Patrick Robinson], Nigel Bradham and then me and Derek Barnett went to high school together. I know a lot of people on their team; I'm rooting for them."
While some of the Jaguars are openly pulling for the Eagles, others are more conflicted. Second-year defensive tackle Yannick Ngakoue seems to want the Eagles to win but doesn't have the confidence to pick them.
"I'd say maybe the underdogs," defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said, referring to the Eagles. "They're hungry. It's all about who has the better game plan. I'd say maybe the Eagles. But if I'm going to be realist, I can't go against the GOAT, Tom [Brady]."
The Super Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The game will air live locally on NBC 12.
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