Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have dropped four straight games after starting the season 2-1, highlighting their inconsistent play. As they face the Denver Broncos in Week 8, they are currently in third place in the AFC South.

The Jaguars might potentially overtake the Indianapolis Colts for second place if they win this game at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Here are our Week 8 predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Denver Broncos.

Four straight defeats have hurt the Jaguars’ season. It would be interesting to see if Jacksonville can rebound by playing internationally after their most recent defeat, a 23-17 loss to the New York Giants.

On the other side of the field, the Broncos might need an entire nation to get back on track, whereas some teams need a change of location to do it. After all, the Broncos have now lost four straight games after a 16-9 loss to the New York Jets, just like Jacksonville.

Here are our four audacious predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 8 matchup with the Denver Broncos in light of all of the aforementioned factors.

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4. Travis Etienne Jr. goes for over 100 yards and another TD

Travis Etienne is expected to replace James Robinson (knee) as the Jaguars’ primary running back after the team traded him to the Jets on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Last Sunday’s game against the Giants saw Etienne assume a sizable portion of the Jaguars’ RB workload. He took part in 57 out of the 71 offensive snaps. Robinson had 12 snaps and 0 touches, whereas he had 15 touches for 119 yards from scrimmage and one running touchdown (one target). That, I suppose, was a portent of things to come.

In addition, Week 7’s season-ending ACL injury to rookie running back Breece Hall for the Jets opened the door for Monday’s transaction. With just JaMycal Hasty and Snoop Conner to contend with for playing time, Etienne is now Jacksonville’s top RB and perhaps the best player in all of the skill positions.

Again, he will be getting the majority of the snaps, so don’t be surprised if he adds another 100+ yard performance and scores his second touchdown of the year.

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3. Christian Kirk Has a Tough Outing

Jason Kidd’s

Due to this week’s challenging matchup with the Denver Broncos, who allow the fourth-fewest passing yards per game, Christian Kirk, like quarterback Trevor Lawrence, is a sit this week. Last week’s game against the New York Giants was productive for Kirk, but he has also had many poor performances this year. Perhaps this is another of those.

Kirk ranks 27th with a respectable target share of 22.7% and has improved in the red zone (nine red zone targets). Although that also means that many of the Broncos’ best secondary defenders will be drawn to him, he ought to be Trevor Lawrence’s primary target in this game.

Kirk will likely catch one touchdown, but he won’t likely go over 60 yards in this game.

2. Trevor Lawrence will struggle in the Pocket

Jason Kidd’s

Trevor Lawrence, the Jaguars’ quarterback, will face a challenging opponent. In terms of pass defence DVOA, the Broncos are third in the NFL. They have the lowest throwing touchdown rates and yards per attempt. Actually, Lawrence might have more success rushing the ball himself. That’s particularly true considering that he has three running touchdowns this season (second-most among quarterbacks).

Lawrence will likely be under attack the entire game, as well. Denver is eighth in terms of pressure rate and third in terms of blitz rate. Lawrence, meanwhile, comes in at number 30 in pressed PFF passing grade, number 19 in yards per attempt, and number 26 in pressured QBR. It might be financially devastating for Lawrence. But keep in mind that the Broncos have only permitted three QB touchdowns overall this year. There were two of those in Week 1. Lawrence’s chances of having a big game this week are slim.

Despite this, the Jaguars will play a Broncos offence that has struggled this year. The Jaguars will probably still be a little better than what the Broncos will offer to the table, despite how restricted Lawrence and his offence will be.

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1. Jaguars snap skid with a big win in London

If you had told people before this season that the Broncos would be underdogs versus the Jaguars, they would have laughed. However, given Denver’s horrible start to the season, that is the situation we are currently in. With quarterback Russell Wilson currently sidelined due to a hamstring injury sustained in Week 7, things have only gotten worse.

Simply put, there isn’t much reason to support the Broncos unless they make notable advancements. Their offence has been by no means average, despite their strong defence. A league-low 14.3 points are scored by the Broncos each game. Additionally, they have been held to 16 points or fewer in all but one of their assignments this season.

It’s also important to note that in their last eight trips to London, the Jaguars have a 4-4 record. The Jacksonville coaching staff is more qualified to assist its players in adjusting to jet lag. In our opinion, Jacksonville will also benefit in this regard.

We anticipate the Jaguars to be competitive and win in London to end their losing streak unless the Broncos completely turn their season around and overcome Wilson’s absence.

 

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