It appears as though the Jacksonville Jaguars have grown up a bit. They were able to beat the Chargers in a game they desperately tried to give away, overcoming a pair of fourth quarter Blake Bortles interceptions to eke out the overtime win for their third straight victory. The Jags kept pace in the AFC South because the Chargers tried just as hard to give it away and succeeded. This type of game is one the Jags certainly would have lost in previous years.
The Jags have a great chance to extend their winning streak and stay atop the division with a Week 11 road game against the Cleveland Browns. We may see more of Leonard Fournette after the team’s top pick was unimpressive in his return after a two-game absence. Fournette had just 33 yards on 17 carries and failed to score a touchdown for the first time in his NFL career. As a team the Jags amassed 135 yards on the ground, but 56 of those came on a fake punt that resulted in a touchdown. Otherwise, the league’s No. 1 rushing offense was silenced by the worst run defense.
And putting the ball in the hands of Bortles was a near disaster. He threw two fourth quarter picks with the Jags trailing by three points, but they were able to escape with the win thanks to their defense. They kept the Chargers from running out the clock, forced a fumble in between Bortles’ interceptions and A.J. Bouye picked off a pass in overtime which set up the game-winning field goal. Their 18 takeaways are tied for the second-most in the NFL.
2017 Record: 6-3
2017 ATS Record: 5-4
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-5
Current Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Current Odds to Win AFC: +1200
Current Odds to Win AFC South: -110
Current NFL Odds: Jaguars -7.5
Over/Under Total: 37.5
Jaguars vs. Browns NFL Preview: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the trendiest team in the NFL at the moment, and they're continuing to win games in fortunate and opportunistic fashion. Surely, the Cleveland Browns are going to have a war on their hands if they think this is going to be their first win of the season in Week 11. Continue...
Week 10: Jaguars 20, Chargers 17 (OT)
ATS Result: Chargers +5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40.5
A wild ending went in favor in the Jags to keep their winning streak alive. Josh Lambo kicked the game-tying field goal with three seconds left in regulation and Bouye’s interception in OT nearly went to the house, which would have given the Jags a cover. Instead Lambo nailed the game-winner, preventing them from covering the 5-point spread.
Week 9: Jaguars 23, Bengals 7
ATS Result: Jaguars -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 38
The Jags didn’t need Fournette with the defense holding Cincinnati to just 148 total yards. Josh Lambo’s third field goal midway through the third quarter gave the Jags enough to cover the 6-point spread and Jaydon Mickens capped it off with a 63-yard punt return. Getting A.J. Green ejected in the first half took some steam out of the Bengals’ offense and the team’s cashed the under.
Week 8: BYE
Week 7: Jaguars 27, Colts 0
ATS Result: Jaguars -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
For the second time this season the Jags collected 10 sacks in a game and they were never in danger after scoring on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. The only drama was if they would get the shutout and forcing a turnover on downs at their own 6-yard line sealed that outcome. Bortles was spectacular and Yeldon picked up where Fournette left off leading to 518 yards of offense and an easy cover.
Week 6: Rams 27, Jaguars 17
ATS Result: Rams +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
We can’t blame Blake Bortles for this loss. Instead, that falls on the play of special teams. The Jags allowed a kickoff return touchdown, had a blocked punt returned for a score and missed a pair of field goals in the 10-point loss, failing to cover the 1-point spread. The Rams kicked a field goal to extend their lead with two and a half minutes to play, giving the over its fourth cash in six games.
Week 5: Jaguars 30, Steelers 9
ATS Result: Jaguars +7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Jags didn’t need Bortles to win the game and he didn’t lose it. Instead it was the defense and Fournette who proved to be too much in the outright victory. After the Steelers took a 9-7 lead, the Jags got defensive scores from Telvin Smith and Barry Church on consecutive possessions to take a big lead into the fourth. The Jags picked five passes and held the Steelers without a touchdown to cash the under.
Week 4: Jets 23, Jaguars 20 (OT)
ATS Result: Jets +4
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38.5
The Jags rallied for 10 fourth quarter points with a defensive touchdown and a field goal to send the game into overtime, but it could have been much more. On the field goal drive, the Jags had a touchdown wiped out by a penalty and they couldn’t punch it in after a first-and-goal at the Jets six. It was as if the Jags were trying to lose and they succeeded in OT after a taunting penalty set up the Jets game-winner.
Week 3: Jaguars 44, Ravens 7
ATS Result: Jaguars +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38
For once Bortles got replaced and it wasn’t because he sucked. After throwing four TD passes, Bortles sat the fourth quarter after building a 44-0 lead. Bortles was solid, but so was the rest of the team as the Jags won outright as a 3-point dog. The defense stifled the Ravens and was denied the shutout on a late touchdown. Still, the Jags exceeded the total for a second straight game.
Week 2: Titans 37, Jaguars 16
ATS Result: Titans -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
Many of the same problems that have plagued the Jags over recent years appeared in this loss. They gave the ball away three times, all courtesy of Bortles, and their 10 penalties for 99 yards was a huge issue. Jacksonville actually had a 3-0 lead after an early field goal, but the defense couldn’t contain the Titans, surrendering points on six consecutive drives to turn a tie game into a 28-point deficit. The Jags allowed 179 yards on the ground even with DeMarco Murray spending most of the day on the bench.
Week 1: Jaguars 29, Texans 7
ATS Result: Jaguars +5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 38
With Bortles managing the game instead of trying to win it, the Jags can be successful. The game plan worked in Houston with the Jags running for 155 yards while allowing Bortles to throw just 21 passes. They built a 19-0 halftime lead and easily covered the 5.5-point spread by clamping down defensively. The Jags likely won’t score a lot of points, but if the defense plays as well as it did against Houston, they won’t have to.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
The Jaguars have been bad for the past decade, but they’ve really messed up against the Texans. The Jags haven’t beaten Houston in the last six tries and are just 2-11 in the last 13 meetings. The games were close last season with both decided by a combined four points, but the Jags find ways to lose and until they overcome that, they will continue to be at the bottom of the division.
Week 1: Jaguars at Texans, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Jaguars vs. Titans, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Jaguars vs. Ravens (London), Sunday, September 24, 9:30 a.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Jaguars at Jets, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Jaguars at Steelers, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Jaguars vs. Rams, Sunday, October 15, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Jaguars at Colts, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Jaguars vs. Bengals, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Jaguars vs. Chargers, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Jaguars at Browns, Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Jaguars at Cardinals, Sunday, November 26, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Jaguars vs. Colts, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Jaguars vs. Seahawks, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Jaguars vs. Texans, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Jaguars at 49ers, Sunday, December 24, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Jaguars at Titans, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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