Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, 1 p.m. ET

Jaguars at Ravens Betting Preview: Jaguars (+12/5/-110), Ravens (-12.5/-110) 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Running back James Robinson became the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to total at least 1,000 rushing yards, and the fastest to do so, reaching the feat in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Titans. He is third in the league in rushing with 1,035 yards, to go along with seven touchdowns. He’s also is well on pace to break the league mark set by the Colts’ Dominic Rhodes, who ran for 1,104 yards as an undrafted rookie in 2001. With four receptions on Sunday, Robinson will become the first undrafted rookie running back to total 50 receptions in a single season in NFL history and the first undrafted player to do so since 2014.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew will start on Sunday after entering the game in the second half in Week 14, when he posted 178 yards and one touchdown on 13-of-23 passing and added 22 rushing yards against the Titans. The second-year quarterback has appeared in eight games (seven starts) this season and has completed 194 of 298 attempts for 2,033 yards and 14 scores. Baltimore’s secondary struggled against the Browns as it gave up 355 yards passing.

The Jaguars’ defense could be in for a long day against the Ravens. Jacksonville has allowed 1,892 rushing yards (145.5 yards per game) this season, as only the Texans (1,980) and Cowboys (2,115) have been worse against the run. That could mean trouble for Jacksonville against the Ravens, who have the league’s most potent rushing attack.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens may have discovered their mojo, at least offensively. They are coming off a thrilling 47-42 victory over the host Cleveland Browns. Baltimore twice held 14-point leads, but Cleveland kept rallying, eventually taking a 35-34 edge midway through the fourth quarter after quarterback Lamar Jackson left the game with cramps. After Jackson’s backup, Trace McSorley, went down with a knee injury with 2:12 remaining, Jackson returned from the locker room. On the ensuing fourth-and-5 play, he found receiver Marquise Brown for a 44-yard touchdown to give Baltimore a 42-35 lead after J.K. Dobbins two-point conversion. Jackson later set up Justin Tucker’s game-winning, 55-yard field goal with two seconds remaining.

Look for the Ravens to run the ball relentlessly against the Jaguars. Baltimore’s rushing attack ranks No. 1 in the NFL (173.8 ypg) and Lamar Jackson’s 6.3 yards per carry also leads the league. His 793 rushing yards are 10th overall and tops among quarterbacks. Rookie J.K. Dobbins 5.3 yards per carry ranks fifth in the NFL, while Gus Edwards (5.0) is tied for ninth. Baltimore is the only team with three players who have at least 500 rushing yards — Jackson (793), Edwards (536) and Dobbins (504).

Keep an eye on the Ravens’ opportunistic defense, which could create short fields for Jackson and Co. The Ravens rank No. 1 in the NFL with 24 forced fumbles, which are at least eight more than any other team. They are also second in the league with 11 fumble recoveries. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey leads the NFL with eight forced fumbles this season. Humphrey’s eight forced fumbles also tie for the second most by a defensive back in an NFL single season since the stat began being tracked in 2000, and they are a Ravens’ single-season record.

Jaguars at Ravens Betting Pick for Week 15

The Ravens have won two straight games after a stretch in which they lost four of five games that would have knocked them out of the playoffs if the postseason started today. The Ravens’ trajectory is trending upward, while the Jaguars haven’t won since Week 1. The Ravens’ running game should force the Jaguars to crowd the line of scrimmage, giving receivers more room to exploit in the secondary, which is what the Ravens did to the Browns. In a game fueled by stars, the Ravens’ are just bigger and brighter than the Jaguars’.

Jaguars at Ravens Betting Pick: 

Ravens, 38, Jaguars 17

Jaguars at Ravens Best Bet for Week 15

The Ravens are allowing 21 points per game, and their secondary was just shredded by Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, who threw for a season-high 343 yards on Monday. It’s not out of the question for the Jaguars to score at least two touchdowns, considering they are averaging 20.1 points per game. As for the Ravens, their offense is starting to resemble the juggernaut of last year, meaning putting up 30-plus points against a Jaguars’ team that is terrible against the run is a distinct possibility.

Jaguars at Ravens Best Bet: OVER 47.5 total points (-110)

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida, 1 p.m. ET

Titans at Jaguars Betting Preview: Titans (-7.5/-112), Jaguars (+7.5/-108)

Tennessee Titans

Last week represented a big red flag to some who were touting Tennessee (8-4) as a darkhorse in the loaded AFC. After impressive road wins the prior two weeks over Baltimore and Indianapolis, it came home and laid a mutant egg against Cleveland.

The 41-35 final score was frankly flattering to the Titans. They trailed 38-7 at the half, giving up scores on all six first-half possessions against a middle-of-the-pack offense. It was a big step backwards for a defense that has been a fairly consistent source of frustration for their fans.

Tennessee’s approach this week needs to be re-establishing who it is. Get running back Derrick Henry (NFL-leading 1,317 yards) going early in the game, jump on an early lead to keep Jacksonville from gaining confidence and avoid the kind of silly mistakes that plagued it last week.   

Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, Jacksonville won the AFC South and reached the AFC championship game, where it was 15 minutes from toppling New England before a bitter come-from-ahead loss.

Since then, the Jaguars (1-11) have resumed their decade-long role as NFL laughingstock. The general manager has already been cashiered with the team in an 11-game losing streak and the coaching staff — including head coach Doug Marrone –– is probably four games away from needing to update their resumes on LinkedIn.

But they haven’t stopped playing hard. They have eaten a number of tough losses during this skid, the last two coming by five points. And they have unearthed a future star off the free agent pile in running back James Robinson, who needs just 32 yards on Sunday to reach 1,000 as a rookie.                    

Titans at Jaguars Betting Pick for Week 14

The pressure’s on Tennessee to take care of business this week after a stinky performance against Cleveland. They’re facing a division rival with nothing to lose but a 12th straight game, the kind of team you don’t always want to see in the middle of December.

Jacksonville isn’t going to leave anything in the playbook if it has a chance to win, and near-misses against Green Bay, Cleveland and Minnesota show it’s still trying. But the Titans’ offense probably has a bit more firepower and that makes the difference.          

Titans at Jaguars Betting Pick:

Titans 34, Jaguars 30

Titans at Jaguars Best Bet for Week 14

In theory, Tennessee should be ready to go from the jump after getting off to such a lousy start against Cleveland. Given that it has one of the best offenses in the NFL and Jacksonville has one of the worst defenses, don’t be afraid to be bold. Go ahead and hammer the over that the Titans will score more than 10.5 points in the first quarter and thank us later when you step to the pay window.       

Titans at Jaguars Best Bet: Titans OVER 10.5 total points in the first quarter (-223)

Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, TIAA Bank Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla., 1 p.m. ET

Browns at Jaguars Betting Preview: Browns (-6.5/-105), Jaguars (+6.5/-115)

Cleveland Browns

The Browns (7-3) will go for their third win in a row when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland is coming off back-to-back wins against the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles, both of which took place on its home field.

Now the Browns go back on the road, where they are 2-2 this season. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown for 1,850 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions heading into Week 8. He is aiming for his fourth game in a row without an interception.

Nick Chubb paces the Browns’ ground attack. He has eclipsed 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games. Teammate Kareem Hunt had a rushing touchdown last week and will try to top 70 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time in five games.

Jacksonville Jaguars

At 1-9, the Jaguars have the worst record in the NFL of any team not named the New York Jets. Jacksonville won the season opener and has lost nine in a row since then, including a 27-3 setback last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Uncertainty at quarterback has been a big part of the Jaguars’ woes.

Gardner Minshew opened the season as starter before sustaining a thumb injury and giving way to rookie Jake Luton, and now journeyman Mike Glennon will make the start against Cleveland. Glennon has appeared in 29 career games, starting 22, and has thrown for 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark could be Glennon’s top target in the passing game. Chark has 50-plus receiving yards in two of his past three games.

Browns at Jaguars Betting Pick for Week 12

The Browns are on a hot streak, and the Jaguars are in disarray. The switch to Glennon could stabilize the Jaguars’ offense a bit, but he never has proved capable of holding on to a starting job in the NFL. Look for Cleveland to keep rolling with its third win in a row and its eighth victory of the season.

Browns at Jaguars Betting Pick: Browns 27, Jaguars 13

Browns at Jaguars Best Bet for Week 12

Both teams could opt for a safe, run-first offensive game plan. The Browns are better in that category, as well as nearly every other category against the Jaguars. Look for a low-scoring game as Cleveland controls time of possession and strives to limit mistakes.

Browns at Jaguars Best Bet: UNDER 49.5 total points (-110)