The Jacksonville Jaguars are running out of time to end their losing streak and turn their season around. They hope the return of their dominating running back will be enough to help them get past suddenly hot Indianapolis Colts.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Jacksonville enters Week 10 riding a four-game losing streak and the club is averaging just 13.8 points per game over its last six matchups. The Jags are 3-5 straight up and against the spread on the campaign.
The good news for Jacksonville backers is the success their squad has had against Indy in recent meetings. The Jaguars are 6-0 ATS vs. the Colts dating back to December 2015.
Indianapolis started the season off an ugly 1-5 but has won two straight games to pull itself even with Jacksonville at the bottom of the AFC South division standings. The Colts are still +1400 longshots to win the division while the Jags are at +750. The first-place Houston Texans are favoured to win the AFC South at +278.
About 55 percent of bettors like the Jaguars to cover as 3-point road underdogs against the Colts while the action is split 50/50 on the 46.5-point total.
The offence has been ugly for head coach Doug Marrone’s group. Jacksonville got by with Blake Bortles under centre a year ago, but the fifth-year starter has taken a step back in 2018. Jags backers are hoping the bye week gave the veteran quarterback a chance to regroup.
Bortles could be boosted by the return of Jacksonville’s top tailback. Leonard Fournette is practicing for the first time since Week 4 and is expected to play against Indianapolis. The former LSU standout led the Jags in rushing with 1040 yards and chipped in with another 302 receiving yards a year ago. He scored a combined 10 rushing and receiving touchdowns too.
The Colts have kicked things up a gear in recent weeks. They’re averaging a league best 4.7 offensive TDs per game over their last three contests. Only Patrick Mahomes has tossed more touchdown passes than Andrew Luck this season and running back Marlon Mack has rushed for 258 yards and three TDs over the last two weeks.
The Over is 4-1 in the Colts’ last five games overall but just 1-5 in their last six AFC South divisional battles.