The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to try to play the role of spoilers on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football betting action, as they travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons.
Year To Date Record: 48-51 ATS
Upset Record: 12-27, -$1,330
Week 15 NFL Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons
Date: Thursday, December 15th, 8:20 ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
NFL Lines: Atlanta -12.5
Week 15 NFL TV Schedule: NFL Network
Jaguars Notes: The Jags did something in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that they hadn’t done all season long: They scored more than 20 points in game. There were some awfully impressive stats out of that game. On defense, the team picked up seven turnovers to lead to a slew of points. There were 28 points scored in the second quarter alone, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew had 24 points all by himself thanks to four TDs as well. It was the best game in the career of QB Blaine Gabbert, and it was the first win for interim coach Mel Tucker, who is hoping to get the full-time job with the Jags next year. This week though, things are going to be a lot different. The team is on the road, where it has struggled all season long, and it is playing in its third game in the last 11 days, something that no team should have to do, especially with a day lost due to travel.
Falcons Notes: The Falcons have finally gotten back on the right side of the playoff picture in the NFC. They are holding the No. 5 seed in the playoffs, and though they could still snare the NFC South title by winning out and getting some help, in all likelihood, this is as high as they can go. The schedule, has two easy games on it (home against Jacksonville and home against Tampa Bay) sandwiched between the most difficult game of the year at the New Orleans Saints. Atlanta can’t afford to slip in this one, or its shots at the division title are said and done, and it would probably take the team back out of the playoffs. Last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers was a great one considering the fact that the team was down by three scores. QB Matt Ryan had a great game, throwing four TD passes, two of which were caught by WR Julio Jones.
The Final Word: The Jags had their dud game against the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago, but they certainly showed some heart last week against the Bucs. We tend to think that they will at least keep this one relatively close for awhile, and though fatigue will make it that they can’t win this one outright, we do think that the Jaguars will stick inside the number on Thursday.
Week 15 NFL Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars +14
NFL Football Prediction: Atlanta 28 – Jacksonville 20