The disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars have another difficult task this Sunday as they head to Denver to face the 4-1 Broncos. Prior to the season, the Jaguars were one of the most hyped teams in the league, but their 2-3 start has squashed expectations. NFL Predictions at Sportsbook.com have the Broncos as a -3.5 home favorite.
Jacksonville has struggled all season long. In their opening loss to the Titans, they lost two starting offensive lineman and they have not recovered from that misfortune. The ground game which carried them last year has been pedestrian at best this season, producing just 108.8 yards per game. Consequently, David Garrard has been under more pressure and his numbers have reflected as much.
The Jaguars will no doubt be looking to run the ball this week and keep Denver's high-powered offense on the bench. They might find some success in that endeavor as Denver is allowing 134 rushing yards per game.
Denver is just a few plays away from being 2-3, but they have done enough to earn their 4-1 mark. Last week's win against the Bucs had to be especially encouraging to Mke Shanahan because his defense stepped up on a day when the offense was not hitting on all cylinders. The Broncos offensive numbers were not terrible but they did have trouble finding the end zone. The Denver defense, however, limited Tampa Bay to just 307 total yards and 13 points.
NFL Predictions Trend: Denver is 9-4 straight up the last five years playing as a home team in October.
Jaguars +3.5 (-120), Over 48.5 (-110), +155 (Money line)
Broncos -3.5 (Even), Under 48.5 (-110), -175 (Money line)
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