Detroit Lions Vs Jacksonville Jaguars – NFL Betting Breakdown Week 6
Having faded the Minshew hype with near religious fervor over the past couple of seasons, this week’s matchup against the Detroit Lions is one that appears to meet all my criteria for continuing that trend. That’s because while the narrative this week will be all about the Lions needing just one more loss to finally give ownership the green light to get rid of head-coach Matt Patricia (likely true), I’m not sure a date with one of the worst defenses in the NFL is where that gets done.
Not only are the Jaguars dead last in opponent yards per pass attempt (with Detroit putting up a respectable middle-of-the-pack 6.8 YPA), but their defense has also given up the 3rd most red-zone scoring attempts per game, something that should work well for the Lions who are on the opposite end of the spectrum having put up the 3rd most red-zone scoring attempts per game offensively. And with Detroit coming off a bye-week and potentially having their prized undrafted rookie acquisition TE Hunter Bryant – who had 7 receptions of 20 yards or more last year – making his debut, this will likely be a key area of focus for them and one they should be able to take advantage of.
For the Jaguars, things continue to spiral as was expected after trading nearly every piece of developed talent they had on the roster over the past couple years. And now with DJ Chark potentially missing the game after exiting with an ankle injury against the Texans, Minshew – who has already been sacked the 4th most times in the league – will have even fewer weapons as he attempts to stop the bleeding.
So while it’s far from my most comfortable bet of the week, I do see some edge on a rested team and desperate coaching staff, and it appears the sharps agree – with the betting line getting hammered from -1 all the way to -3 at time of writing.