The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Atlanta Falcons today, playing their third game in eleven days. The Jaguars are coming off a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game saw a depleted Jaguars defense force turnover after turnover and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert finally get things going on offense. The team will enter the game against the Falcons more injured than they were on Monday Night.
Jaguars wide receivers Mike Thomas (concussion) and rookie Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) have been ruled out of the game. This means the team will likely get a heavy look at newly acquired receiver Taylor Price as well as more action from the likes of Jarett Dillard, Chastin West, and even special team's ace Kassim Osgood. More importantly however, the team will once again rely on the ever reliable Maurice Jones-Drew to get the flow of their offense going.
The Jaguars offense might be able to take advantage of a banged up Falcons secondary, especially if Gabbert can continue from his game on Sunday, where he was very close to having four touchdown passes. The Jaguars defense however is going to need to potentially play at a high level than they did against the Bucs. They'll be facing a Falcons team with two explosive receivers, a wily veteran tight end, and bruiser Michael Turner. This game will be a true test of interim head coach Mel Tucker's ability.
Here's how OddShark sees the game:
OddsShark Staff - The Jaguars and Falcons have played four times in their history and every game played UNDER the NFL betting total.So as Jacksonville visits Atlanta on the Week 15 odds menu, can bettors expect a low-scoring game in the Thursday night NFL battle? The Jags have struggled on the road, but have been a consistent UNDER bet (6 in a row).
Official Prediction: Falcons 31, Jaguars 17