Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars: 10/18/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) vs Detroit Lions (1-3)
Game Info: Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm (TIAA Bank Field)
Betting Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars +1.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Detroit Lions will travel to TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Detroit Lions are coming off their bye week hoping to bounce back after losing to the New Orleans Saints, 35-29, on October 4th, dropping the Lions to 1-3 on the season. Detroit was able to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter, however, the Lions allowed the Saints to score 35 unanswered points and couldn’t fight back after a 6-yard TD run by Latavius Murray gave the Saints a 35-14 lead with 8:52 left in the 3rd quarter. Detroit was outgained by New Orleans by a 392-281 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Lions was QB Matthew Stafford who completed 17 of 31 passes for 206 yards, 3 TD, and an INT.
On the season, Detroit is averaging 24.8 ppg on 356.0 total yards per game (254.3 passing yds/g; 101.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Detroit has been led by QB Matthew Stafford who has completed 60.6% of his passes for 1,017 yards (265.5 yds/g), 8 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Stafford and the Lions have been T.J. Hockenson (15 rec, 180 yards, 2 TD), Danny Amendola (10 rec, 177 yards), Marvin Jones Jr. (12 rec, 138 yards, TD), D’Andre Swift (13 rec, 124 yards, TD), and Kenny Golladay (10 rec, 119 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Detroit backfield has been Adrian Peterson who has 245 rushing yards (61.3 yds/g) & 1 TD on 54 carries.
Defensively, Detroit is allowing their opponents to average 31.8 ppg on 419.8 total yards per game (249.5 passing yds/g; 170.3 rushing yds/g).
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their 4th consecutive game and dropped to 1-4 on the season after being defeated by the Houston Texans, 30-14, this past Sunday. Jacksonville struggled defensively against Deshaun Watson and the Houston offense and could not fight back after a 19-yard TD reception by Will Fuller V gave the Texans a 20-7 lead early in the 4th quarter. Jacksonville was outgained by Houston by a 486-364 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Gardner Minshew II who completed 31 of 49 passes for 301 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, Jacksonville is averaging 21.8 ppg on 386.2 total yards per game (287.8 passing yds/g; 98.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Jacksonville has been led by QB Gardner Minshew II who has completed 69.9% of his passes for 1,439 yards (305.2 yds/g), 10 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for the Jaguars have been Laviska Shenault Jr. (23 rec, 270 yards, TD), DJ Chark Jr. (18 rec, 220 yards, 3 TD), Keelan Cole Sr. (21 rec, 219 yards, 3 TD), and Chris Conley (13 rec, 190 yards). Leading the way for the Jacksonville backfield has been James Robinson who has 333 yards (66.6 yds/g) & 3 TD’s on 73 carries.
Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing their opponents to average 29.4 ppg on 420.8 total yards per game (284.2 passing yds/g; 136.6 rushing yds/g).
The Lions are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite and just 3-12 ATS in their lats 15 games overall. The Jaguars are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 October games.
It’s hard to trust the Detroit Lions as a road favorite, however, Jacksonville is one of the worst teams in the NFL and despite their shocking season opening win agianst Indianapolis, the Jaguars have struggle as of late, losing their last three games to Houston, Cincinnati, & Miami by an average of 14.0 ppg. Jacksonville has struggled defensively this season, especially agianst opposing passing attacks and between that I think Matthew Stafford will have a big day and that Detroit did recently pick up an impressive win on the road agianst Arizona, I think the Lions do enough in this one to cover this spread. Take Detroit to cover. Good Luck!