Sunday, October 18, 2020, TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida, 1 p.m. ET
Lions at Jaguars Betting Preview: Lions (-3.5/-110), Jaguars (+3.5/-110)
The Lions are fresh after a bye as they enter a two-game stretch of road games against the Jaguars and lowly Atlanta Falcons. Detroit has allowed 35 or more points twice already and ranks 29th in total defense (405.0 yards per game) and 28th in scoring (31.8). Part of the problem is the Lions have acted as if they are allergic to quarterbacks by compiling just five sacks through four games.
Detroit also has struggled against the run and allows a league-worst 170.3 yards per game on the ground. The Lions aren’t so prolific when they run the ball though the presence of veteran Adrian Peterson (245 yards, one touchdown) has prevented that area from being deeply troublesome. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has passed for 1,017 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Top wideout Kenny Golladay had 10 receptions over the past two games after missing the first two due to a hamstring injury. Left guard Joe Dahl (groin) returned to practice and could be back in the lineup after a three-game absence.
The Jaguars are aiming to halt a four-game losing streak in which they have allowed at least 30 points in each setback. The previously winless Houston Texans dominated Jacksonville 30-14 last Sunday and the defensive unit which ranks 30th in total defense (416.8 yards per game) could use reinforcements and acquired linebacker Kamalei Correa from the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.
Defensive end Josh Allen (knee), linebacker Myles Jack (ankle) and cornerback CJ Henderson (shoulder) all missed the Houston game and were limited in practice on Wednesday, while safety Andrew Wingard (abdominal) was injured against the Texans will be sidelined against the Lions.
The Jaguars have scored 14 or fewer points in two of their last three losses so the offense needs to move things up a notch against Detroit.
Quarterback Gardner Minshew II has passed for 1,439 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions and has topped 300 yards in each of the past two. Undrafted rookie James Robinson (333 yards, three touchdowns) has been a find but has failed to reach 50 rushing yards in two of the past three games.
Jacksonville has the look of a team that could quickly get it together or have the losing skid reach six or seven games. Getting the defense in order is a necessary first step if the Jaguars are to turn their season around.
Lions at Jaguars Betting Pick for Week 6
Both teams badly need a win and are playing a foe in which they have advantages. The trick of course is figuring out which team will be most consistent in the midst of this one 60-minute affair.
The Jaguars need to limit how much time their shaky defense is on the field. One way to do that is to pound the ball on the ground with Robinson to take advantage of Detroit’s porous rushing defense.
Lions at Jaguars Betting Pick:
Jaguars 24, Lions 20
Lions at Jaguars Best Bet for Week 6
If Jacksonville can control the ball and the clock, it bodes well for a low-scoring game. The Lions’ offense isn’t threatening so look for this one to fall into the under category.
Lions at Jaguars Best Bet: UNDER 54.5 (-110)