Every game from here on is an important one for the Jacksonville Jaguars, if they hope to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season.
The Jags fell to the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, and now find themselves tied atop the AFC South (with the Tennessee Titans). Meanwhile, the Colts are playing out the season, looking to play spoiler to a division rival.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Point Spread: Jaguars -9.5 (-105) Date: Sunday, December 3, 1:00pmET Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
These two teams know a lot about each other. Back on October 22, the Jaguars smoked the Colts 27-0 in Indianapolis, and have won three out of the last four games against the Colts head to head. In those four games, the Jaguars have averaged 32 points for. The Colts are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings vs. Jacksonville, and the favorite in this series is an impressive 10-4 in their last 14 meetings.
The Colts are coming off a 20-16 home loss to the Tennessee Titans, and are now 3-8 (6-5 ATS) on the season. To say this team has had its struggles this season is an understatement. On the offensive side of the ball, they are ranked 27th in total yards (296.5), 26th in passing yards (201.3), and 27th overall in points scored (17.7). On the defensive side of the ball, the numbers are even worse, 29th in total yards allowed (375.8), 30th in passing yards allowed (266.3), and 32nd in points allowed (27.3).
With Andrew Luck on the sideline this entire season, new starter Jacoby Brissett has been inconsistent, currently ranked 18th passing yards, and ranked behind the likes of Trevor Siemian, Matt Moore, and Brett Hundley in competition percentage at 60.7 percent.
After battling back to tie the game at 24, the Jacksonville Jaguars watched Phil Dawson kick a career long 57 yard field goal to give the Arizona Cardinals the 27-24 win this past Sunday afternoon. Now, the Jaguars (7-4 SU, 6-5 ATS) return to Jacksonville, for the first of three straight home games when the Colts pay a visit to EverBank Stadium Sunday.
The Jags are in a first place fight in the AFC South division, currently tied with the Tennessee Titans with identical 7-4 records. The Jags are 3-2 at home, and 2-1 within the division. The good news for the Jaguars is, in the last meeting with the Colts, they blew them out 27-0 in Indianapolis, and dominated every aspect of the game. The home side are going to need a better effort from rookie running back Leonard Fournette who is coming off his worst rushing performance of his young career (25 yards on 11 carries).
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction
Jaguars 24 – Colts 10