Sunday, November 15, 2020, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1 p.m. ET
Jaguars at Packers Betting Preview: Jaguars (+12.5/-105), Packers (-12.5/-115)
Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looks to follow up a strong NFL debut as the Jaguars (1-7) strive to halt a seven-game losing streak.
The sixth-round draft pick from Oregon State passed for 304 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) while starting in place of Gardner Minshew II (thumb) last Sunday in a 27-25 loss to the Houston Texans. Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden were both amazed by the poise and maturity the 24-year-old displayed.
The defense has been a problem area for the Jaguars, who had allowed 30 or more points in six straight outings before the close encounter against the Texans.
Jacksonville ranks 31st in the NFL in both scoring defense (30.9 points per game) and total defense (418.1 yards per game) and is last (32nd) with eight total sacks. The kicking game has been a season-long disaster, and Chase McLaughlin will become kicker No. 6 for the team as long as he clears COVID-19 protocols.
Rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring) was a limited practice participant on Wednesday, but the receiver with 30 catches figures to be available. Safety Andrew Wingard (core muscle) could be activated off injured reserve after a three-game absence.
Green Bay Packers
Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been superb for the Packers (6-2) and is on track to set a personal best for touchdown passes. Rodgers (2,253 yards, two interceptions) threw 24 scoring passes over the first eight games and is on pace to pass the 45 he tossed in 2011.
Green Bay ranks third in the NFL in scoring offense (31.6) and seventh in total offense (395.9) despite not having star wideout Davante Adams for two-plus games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury.
Adams is healthy now and thriving as he had 30 receptions for 422 yards and six touchdowns over the past three games to raise his season output to 53 catches for 675 yards and eight TDs.
The defense hasn’t always been sturdy — it ranks 17th in opponents’ scoring (25.5) — but it allowed its second-lowest point total in a 34-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 5. Linebacker Za’Darius Smith is tied for fourth in the NFL with seven sacks and has 20.5 in 24 games with the Packers.
It is still to be determined whether star cornerback Jaire Alexander (concussion/hand) will be available after he missed practice on Wednesday. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari (chest) is expecting to return from a three-game absence.
Jaguars at Packers Betting Pick for Week 10
This is certainly a quarterback mismatch with eight-time Pro Bowler Rodgers making his 183rd regular-season start and novice Luton taking the field for start No. 2. Following up the stellar performance could be hard for Luton with there now being an NFL game tape for the Packers to dissect.
But even if the sixth-round pick delivers a second straight solid performance, Rodgers is firing on all cylinders and has thrown four touchdown passes in four different games this year. Factor in how poorly the Jaguars play defense, and this contest will turn into a rout.
Jaguars at Packers Betting Pick:
Packers 38, Jaguars 17
Jaguars at Packers Best Bet for Week 10
Jacksonville allowed 30 or more points in six straight games before “holding” the Texans to 27 last week. Rodgers and Adams are surely salivating at the opportunity to feast on the Jaguars, so expect this one to go over.
Jaguars at Packers Best Bet: OVER 50.5 total points (-114)