Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons - 12/22/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) at Atlanta Falcons (5-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -7.5 -- Over/Under: 47
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in week 16 NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have split their last six road games. Nick Foles is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 736 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Gardner Minshew and Foles have combined for 20 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. DJ Chark and Chris Conley have combined for 1,637 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Dede Westbrook has 57 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 109 yards per contest, and Leonard Fournette leads the way with 1,081 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 25.2 points and 372.4 yards per game. Myles Jack leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 66 tackles, Josh Allen has 10 sacks and Tre Henderson has two interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons look for a win after winning four of their last six games. The Atlanta Falcons have lost five of their last six home games. Matt Ryan is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,769 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 13 games. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley have combined for 2,016 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Austin Hooper has 61 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 81.4 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 545 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 26.1 points and 362.6 yards per game. De’Vondre Campbell leads the Atlanta Falcons with 117 tackles, Vic Beasley Jr. has seven sacks and Desmond Trufant has four interceptions.
The Jaguars are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Jaguars last 6 games in December. The under is 8-3 in Falcons last 11 home games. The Jaguars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a big road win in Oakland, but they've scored 20 or less points in six straight games and look sluggish most weeks. The Atlanta Falcons are playing their best football of the season right now, and while that's not saying much, they're clearly fighting for their coach and hoping to finish the season on a high note. With the Falcons offense finally producing and this game being on the fast track of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, I like the over in this contest.