This game pins two teams that have not played well this season and could certainly use a win. On one side, you have an experienced team led by a conference title-winning quarterback, and on the other is a team with a lot of young talent that is in the middle of a rebuild.
- Opening Lines: Falcons -1.5 o/u 47.5
- Current Lines: Falcons -2 o/u 46
- Location: TIAA Bank Field
- Start Time: 1:05 p.m. EDT
- TV: FOX
- Last Meeting: December 22, 2019 — Jaguars 12, Falcons 24
To put things bluntly, the Falcons are not playing very well right now. They have been outscored 68-3, and it looks hopeless. The defense has been consistently awful as it sits 31st for points allowed (28.8 PPG), but the inconsistency of the offense is what has hurt them most. Last week against the Patriots, you can’t pinpoint what exactly went wrong because it was everything. They desperately need the return of Cordarrelle Patterson as he missed last week’s game with a high ankle sprain. The journeyman running back is having the best season of his career and has been the Falcons’ best playmaker.
Another team that looks hopeless on offense is the Jaguars. The No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence is not having a good rookie season and now has gone three weeks without throwing a touchdown, and he has not thrown for multiple touchdowns since Week 1. This team can’t click on either side of the ball as their -12 points difference is the second-worst in the league. Running back James Robinson came up on the injury report again with heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been dealing with this for a few weeks and has missed one game. Jacksonville will need him on the field if they want any chance to win this game.
- The Falcons have won 9 of their last 17 games on the road.
- The under is 13-2 in the Jaguars’ last 15 games with an Over/Under between 44-48.
- The Jaguars have lost 21 of its last 23 games as an underdog.
- The under is 9-7 in the Falcons’ last 15 games.
Both teams have proven that they are not very good right now. You have to believe Matt Ryan could lead this team against a very young Jacksonville squad in a pick ’em’ situation. If the Falcons get Patterson back for this game, this will give them an even bigger edge, but they still can pull this off even without him.
Pick: Falcons -2
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