Today’s game marks the final matchup with an NFC North team. Jacksonville’s results this season have been frustrating (Minnesota), humiliating (Chicago) and encouraging (Green Bay) – in that order.
So, against Detroit today … I have no idea how it will turn out. Detroit has a penchant for very close game this season. None of their wins have been over 4 points, and none of their loses have been over 8 points.
They average the second most passing yards, while being in the top 10 in passing defense. In terms of rushing, they’re in the middle of the pack defensively and not very effective offensively.
So, if I were to wager a guess as to what will be happening today, I’d say both teams will be relying on the passing game, and since Detroit boasts the combination of Matthew Stafford and the ailing Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, I’m giving them the slight edge today. Honestly, if Megatron even takes the field he immediately becomes a threat, especially in the red zone.
The Jaguars defense has been one that has suffered because of the offenses inability to maintain a drive. They are constantly on the field and today, without 3/4ths of their secondary, they may see a repeat of Chicago’s embarrassment.
In other news, the Jaguars have put forth good efforts two weeks after the bye week, so Gabbert should continue to improve.
With Detroit’s reputation for close games, I can see this coming down to the final drive for Jacksonville, and we’ll see if Blaine can have his second game winning drive this season. My score prediction?
Jacksonville 23, Detroit 22
The Jaguars have been setting themselves up for an inspirational game like this and a shaky team like Detroit can provide it.
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Written by Michael Reid