Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars Picks, Odds, Week 17 Predictions 12/29/2019
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Jacksonville -1.5
Jacoby Brissett and the Indianapolis Colts travel to TIAA Bank Field on Sunday where they'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indianapolis opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The total opens at 44.5. The Colts are 7-8-0 ATS and 8-7-0 when betting on the total. The Jaguars are 7-8-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-10-0 against the spread.
In their last contest, the Indianapolis Colts played the Carolina Panthers and ended up getting the victory by a score of 38-6. Marlon Mack paced the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 30 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He racked up a total of 95 yards by way of 16 carries which gave him an average of 5.9 yards per run. T.Y. Hilton led the team in receiving yardage by earning 26 yards on 3 receptions. He notched an average of 8.7 yards per reception during the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Colts was Jacoby Brissett who went 14/27 with 119 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He ended the game without an interception. The Indianapolis Colts rushed the ball a total of 32 times and racked up a total of 218 yards earning them an average of 6.8 yards per run. In all, they ran 62 plays which added up to 324 yards. For the contest, the Colts totaled 25 first downs and they totaled 0 penalties for 0 yards. When discussing the defense, Indianapolis gave up 28 completions on 45 throws totaling 199 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.0%. Overall, they allowed 286 yards and earned 3 takeaways. On the ground, the Colts gave up 87 yards on 21 runs which is an average of 4.1 yards per run allowed. Another matchup you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Guy Bruhn on the Chargers vs Chiefs game.
Colts Rise to 7-8 After Win
The Colts head into this game 7-8 for this season. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring among AFC South teams and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game. For total yardage, they currently sit at 11th among AFC teams and 25th in the league with 4,963 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Colts have compiled a total of 22 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 23 points per game, which has them at 16th in the league. As a team, they have an average of 133 yards on the ground per game which is 2nd in the AFC.
The Colts have one of the middle tier defenses in the league, giving up 22.3 points per contest putting them 9th among AFC teams. When talking about yards on the ground, Indianapolis is giving up 100.0 yards per contest which has them at 1st in the AFC South and 8th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per carry ranking them 6th in the AFC and 14th in the league overall. In total, they have conceded 1,998 yards rushing through 15 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Colts have conceded 3,696 yards. Teams are completing 70.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.6 yards per try. They have allowed 26 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing TDs.
In their last outing, the Jacksonville Jaguars faced the Atlanta Falcons and were defeated 24-12. Leonard Fournette paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 23 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 71 yards by way of 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.7 yards per carry. Chris Conley led the team in receiving yardage by earning 56 yards on 2 receptions. He averaged 28.0 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Jaguars was Gardner Minshew II who went 13/31 with 181 yards passing and added 1 TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball 24 times and added 115 yards earning them an average of 4.8 yards per rush. For the game, they totaled 59 plays which added up to 288 yards. On the day, the Jaguars racked up 17 1st downs and they had 6 penalties for 36 yards. When discussing the defense, Jacksonville conceded 32 completions on 45 throws for a total of 383 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.0%. In the game, they gave up a total of 518 yards and earned 2 takeaways. In the running game, the Jaguars conceded 135 yards on 27 tries which means they had an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Josh Schonwald has a NFL prediction for the game between the Bears and Vikings.
Jaguars Worsen Their Mark to 5-10 After Loss
The Jaguars step onto the field holding a record of 5-10. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Jaguars have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Jaguars currently sit at 4th in the AFC South and 29th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 17.5 points per contest. Jacksonville needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 109 yards on the ground per game, putting them 16th in the NFL. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,641 rushing yards through 15 games, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Jaguars average 341 yards per game overall ranking them 20th in the NFL and 9th among AFC teams.
The Jaguars are giving up 25.1 points per contest which puts them at 4th in the division and 22nd in the league. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the league. They are conceding 242 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Jaguars are ranked 10th in the conference. They have conceded 22 passing touchdowns in 2019. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 377 total points. In terms of yards rushing, they are giving up 140 yards per contest ranking them 28th among NFL teams and 4th in the AFC South. This year, they have given up 2,097 yards on the ground and 21 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Colts/Jaguars NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Colts +1.5
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