Jaguars vs Lions matchup preview and current betting lines
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the season as a dark horse to win the AFC South. And even though they’ve failed to live up to those expectations and hype, they’re definitely a much-improved team when compared to Urban Meyer’s infamous tenure. Stil, it’s not like the bar was set that high.
But despite the 4-7 record, there have been some major signs of improvement in Jacksonville, and the future sure looks bright under coach Doug Pederson. Maybe, most of the questions will hang on whether Trevor Lawrence can turn the corner and be as good as we thought he’d be after watching him dominate in Clemson.
The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, seemed like they were heading towards another 1 or 2-win season, but they’ve also fought hard and competed to get back into contention. They’re a long shot at making the playoffs, but they’ve fared much better than most of us expected.
It’s clear that the players are ready to run through a wall for Dan Campbell. Aidan Hutchinson looks like a generational talent on their defense and has been even better than advertised, and there’s a chance they have first-round pick Jameson Williams out there to close out the season, so don’t sleep on them already.
Players to watch:
Trevor Lawrence: Trevor Lawrence looked like the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, yet he has failed to live up to those standards. The former first-overall pick has shown nothing but glimpses of greatness, and the clock is running out on him.
Jared Goff: Another underperforming former first-overall pick makes our list. Jared Goff has done just enough to help his team stay afloat, but it’s evident that they’re never going to be a legit contender as long as they have him under center. They might look at an upgrade in the offseason.
Week 13 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Jaguars vs Lions
The opening Jaguars vs Lions spread has the visiting side as one-point favorites, but this line could go sideways by the time of kickoff. Even so, it makes sense because they’ve looked like the better team for most of the season, but not by a big margin.
Travis Etienne Jr. has broken out and proven to be the best running back in his class, up to the point where they felt comfortable by parting ways with James Robinson. So, he could be in for a field day vs. the Lions’ shaky front seven.
Etienne’s rushes will allow Lawrence to open up the field and spread the offense, with Christian Kirk wreaking havoc downfield. But this won’t be an easy game by any means, as the Lions have already shown they’re capable of putting up points in the blink of an eye.
At the end of the day, this could all go down to late-game execution. The Jaguars have been better running two-minute offenses and are riding some big momentum after pulling off a major upset win over the Baltimore Ravens, which is why we give them the nod here.
The opening Jaguars vs Lions odds have this game total projected at 51 points. This could seem like way too many points for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who haven’t exactly been proficient in the offense for most of the season. But it sure makes sense.
The Detroit Lions have been an offensive juggernaut at Ford Field, as opposed to a bad offensive team on the road. But as solid as they’ve been at putting up points on the scoreboard, they’ve also been bad and very shaky on the defensive side of the gridiron.
Both quarterbacks are turnover prone and could give the football away in a compromised portion of the field. Those turnovers will lead to points, as both have looked like pick-sixs waiting to happen. Moreover, both have explosive playmakers that can rack up yards by the dozen.
So, we’re looking at two teams that are bad at getting stops and are desperate to get some wins late in the season to make an unlikely playoff push. This has the makings of a shootout and a game with multiple lead changes that’s likely going to go down to the wire.