Jaguars vs. Cardinals Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Jacksonville is favored on the road, as the Jaguars are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Cardinals. The over/under total has been set at 38 points. Arizona has won and covered in two straight meetings with the Jaguars. The public betting in this game has Jacksonville getting 72 percent of the wagers on the road. Today’s game takes place from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and will air live on CBS.
The Cardinals are coming off a 31-21 loss at Houston last week to fall to 4-6 on the season. Arizona is just 2-7-1 against the spread this season. The Cards are averaging just 17.6 points and 346.8 yards per game right now. Their run game is a mess, posting just 69.3 yards per game. Adrian Peterson is leading the ground attack with 369 yards on 109 carries. At QB, Arizona is banged up and will start Blaine Gabbert again this weekend. He has thrown for 257 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Larry Fitzgerald has caught 69 passes for 768 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 25.4 points and 359 yards per game. The unit is led by Chandler Jones, who has 10 sacks.
The Jaguars are coming off a 19-7 win over the Browns in Cleveland last week for their fourth straight victory. They are now 7-3 on the season and 6-4 against the spread. Jacksonville is 3-1 against the spread in their last four games. The Jags are being led by their stout defense, which is allowing just 14.1 points and 302 yards per game. The unit has 40 sacks and 23 forced turnovers. Calais Campbell is leading the unit with 11.5 sacks. The unit could be without cornerback Jalen Ramsey today, as he injured his hand on practice on Friday and said he wouldn’t be able to play. He hasn’t been officially ruled out as of yet. Offensively, Jacksonville is averaging 24.5 points and 369 yards per game. Leonard Fournette has run for 740 yards and six touchdowns to lead the offense while Blake Bortles has thrown for 2,084 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Jacksonville has actually been pretty competitive on the road, covering in seven of their last eight on the road. They have also covered in nine of their last 13 overall. The Cardinals are just 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 against a winning team. Arizona has a lot of offensive issues and I don’t think Gabbert is going to be able to move the ball consistently against this Jacksonville defense.
NFL WEEK 12 PREDICTION: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -4.5