This week's game between the Jags and Vikings gives us a wonderful game of two awful offenses facing incredibly talented defenses. The Jags look to end their massive losing streak, while the Vikings will try to earn a win here to reenter the playoff picture in the NFC.
On offense, don't expect anything from the Jags (per usual). I'm expecting about 250 total yards of offense and a maximum of 17 points along with 3 turnovers. The run game will do nothing and Blake will get us down early with a turnover and never recover.
Defensively, we should be able to do work this week. The Vikings have some talent in their receiving core, but have no running game to speak of without Adrian Peterson. Sam Bradford is mediocre but can be outclassed by our secondary.
So yeah, don't expect this to be a shootout. I'll go ahead and call that there will be ZERO offensive touchdowns in this game. Luckily for the Vikings, they can score in all three phases of the game, which will help boost them to a win in Duval.
Prediction: MIN 13, JAX 6
This one's for Jimmy! The Jaguars all time leading receiver returns home this Sunday to be inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars. He along with 60 other Jaguars alumni will be on hand to watch the Jaguars take on the Vikings. It's hard to image at this point the Jaguars are going to breaking out against a Vikings defense that ranks among the best in the league. But the Vikings will be with out the center piece to their secondary, Harrison Smith. The Jaguars haven't played good football on offense as of late, but they've got to show their true talent at some point, right? Well, I'm betting there will be a little bit of magic at Everbank Field on Sunday with the induction of Jimmy Smith into the pride -- that magic combined with a whole mess of injuries for a Vikings team that has lost six of their last seven contests, will result in the Jaguars third win of 2016. Bortles limits the turnovers and the Jaguars actually capatilize on a few big plays of their own. The Jaguars defense forces what now seems to be mythical -- a turnover! A double digit victory for the Jags?!
Do it for Jimmy!
Prediction: MIN 10, JAX 23
The Jaguars have struggled mightily this season on offense and have apparently reached their most depressing low yet as talk of benching our once assumed franchise quarterback, Blake Bortles, swirls. I’ve seen ridiculous amounts people asking for Chad Henne or even Brandon Allen over Blake Bortles as our starting quarterback. Obviously that’s coming from people who somehow don’t think it could get worse for the Jags offensively, when it most definitely could. The Minnesota Vikings are a team that would salivate perfusely at the sight of a quarterback like Chad Henne. Even with the injuries to the Minnesota Vikings defense and offense, I still think their defense will be too much for Blake Bortles. The Jaguars offense has shown repeatedly that if our opposition forces a few turnovers, and stifle our running game, they won’t have to do much to beat us.
Prediction: MIN 20, JAX 10
The Jaguars are desperately seeking a win and with the Vikings coming to town, that task won't be easy. Offensively, the Jaguars haven't done really anything right this year and I don't expect it to change this week facing one of the leagues better defensive units ranking top 5 in points, yards, and passing yards. Their one weak spot is stopping the run ranking 17th and that needs to be a focal point in this one. Not that there's any reason to believe the Jaguars are going to miraculously break out in this one, but I do think with Chris Ivory being probable this week that he and TJ Yeldon will be able to sustain the run. The last thing we want in this game is Blake Bortles throwing the ball all day with this ball hawking secondary. If he can refrain from making turnovers this one will be close all the way through, giving the Jags a chance at a potential upset. Defensively there are really only two players to keep an eye on, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph. I believe Jalen Ramsey and Prince Amukamara match up well against the Vikings wide outs and have a good game. Linebackers Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny need to have a good game, especially in coverage this week going against Rudolph. Forcing quarterback Sam Bradford out of the pocket and throwing on the run is his weak spot, and the Jaguars need to put the pressure on him early and often. If the Jags can do that, along with stopping big plays from happening I see them pulling this one out late.
Prediction: MIN 17, JAX 20
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