Jacksonville vs Atlanta


JACKSONVILLE at ATLANTA
Jacksonville crushed Tampa Bay last week in a 41-14 home win as +3 point underdogs. Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for four of Jacksonville’s six touchdowns, as the Jaguars overcame an early deficit to get the win. Jones-Drew finished with two rushing scores and two receiving touchdowns to go with 136 total yards. With the four scores, Jones-Drew has 73 career touchdowns, establishing a new Jaguars franchise record. Blaine Gabbert completed 19-of-33 passes for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Marcedes Lewis grabbed two passes for 77 yards for the Jaguars (4-9), who snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first win under interim head coach Mel Tucker. The Jags fell behind 14-0 out of the gates, but outscored Tampa Bay 41-0 en route to the win. Jacksonville ended with a 325-280 edge in offense and had a massive 7-2 edge in turnovers.

Atlanta comes off a 31-23 win at Carolina as -3 point road favs. Julio Jones caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Matt Ryan, including a 75-yard catch-and-run to finish off the Falcons’ comeback win over the Panthers. Atlanta (8-5) scored 24 unanswered points after trailing by 16 at halftime to sweep its NFC South rival for the second straight season, while also staying in good position to capture a wild card spot. Ryan shook off a slow start and threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-38 passes. Jones only had three receptions, but logged 104 yards, while Roddy White had seven catches for 84 yards and a score for the Falcons, who rebounded from 17-10 loss at Houston the previous week. The Falcons were slightly outgained in total offense (416-394), but they won the turnover battle, 2-0. Ryan was particularly sharp in the second half, throwing for 232 yards and three scores. The Falcons are 21-0 when Ryan finishes with a quarterback rating of 100 or more.

The Jags and Falcons last met in 2007, with Jax taking a 13-7 home win as -10 point favorites. Atlanta is 18-8 ATS playing in a dome and 20-8-1 ATS against losing teams, as well as 13-6 ATS as a non-division host, while Jacksonville is 4-11 ATS against winning teams, 3-9-1 ATS as an underdog and 1-6 ATS as a road dog. But note Atlanta is just 2-8-1 ATS in Week #15 and 1-4 ATS as a chalk lately.

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