Unworthy of the Main Stage
The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars are headed overseas to the United Kingdom for Sunday’s battle. London saved its best for last as the matchup will be held in Wembley Stadium, one of the world’s most iconic venues.
Unfortunately, the level of play will probably not live up to the stage. The Broncos and Jaguars are on four-game losing streaks and sit at 2-5. Denver hopes its offense can turn it around with quarterback Russell Wilson potentially returning from a hamstring injury. Jacksonville’s defense has declined in recent weeks, which has magnified the offense’s mistakes.
Let’s check the latest NFL odds, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines for Broncos vs Jaguars. We’ve plenty of Vegas NFL odds for you to consider.
Denver Looking to Sell
The Denver Broncos’ playoff hopes are nearly out of reach. To keep the season’s goals alive, the offense must have a dramatic turnaround. Wilson is probable for Sunday, which would be a boost. However, we cannot overlook Wilson’s struggles this season. More than likely, the unit will continue to sputter. The Broncos are last in points per game and touchdown scoring percentage when in the red zone.
It is getting to the point where Denver may give up on the season. Instead of buying, the Broncos could be selling ahead of the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1. Trade rumors surround wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. If traded, especially Jeudy, Wilson will have few targets outside of top wideout Courtland Sutton. One of Denver’s top defensive players, edge rusher Bradley Chubb, is also in trade rumors.
The Broncos’ defense has continued its high level of play despite numerous injuries. Edge rushers Randy Gregory (knee) and Baron Browning (hip) will be out for several games. Plus, linebacker Josey Jewell is battling a knee injury. The offense is already dealing with enough injuries, like season-ending injuries to running back Javonte Williams (knee) and offensive tackle Garrett Boles (leg).
Jacksonville on a Downhill Slide
After starting 2-1, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to pull away in the AFC South. Instead, the Jags have completely collapsed by losing four straight. Some losses, like to the Philadelphia Eagles, were to be expected. However, falling to the Houston Texans in Week 5 was inexcusable.
Over the last two games, Jacksonville is allowing over 28 points per game. In the 34-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars allowed 389 passing yards. A week later, the Jags surrendered 236 rushing yards on 6.1 yards per carry in the 23-17 loss to the New York Giants.
There are problems everywhere. The pass rush is no longer generating consistent pressure, ranking 29th with 11 team sacks. After a fast start, edge rusher Josh Allen has rarely produced. Rookies Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd have played well, but the rest of the defense has been inconsistent, specifically in the secondary.
Running back Travis Etienne will see his workload increase after Jacksonville traded James Robinson to the New York Jets.
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Despite quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s streaky play, the Jaguars’ offense is totaling 371.3 yards per game (seventh). However, red zone offense has been a major issue. Jacksonville ranks 21st in touchdown scoring percentage when in the red zone.
Broncos vs Jaguars Game Injuries
Broncos vs Jaguars Head-to-Head
The Broncos and Jaguars are knotted at 7-7. Recently, Denver has controlled the matchup, winning three of the last four, and each has been decided by double digits.
Broncos vs Jaguars Game Information
- Game: Broncos vs Jaguars
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
- Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Wembley Stadium, London, UK
- Broncos vs Jaguars Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Broncos vs Jaguars Betting Lines
Broncos vs Jaguars Prediction
This matchup is shaping up to be a defensive battle. With both offenses struggling, whoever wins the run game will come out on top. The Jaguars have run the ball well most of the season. Denver’s run defense has been a weakness, allowing 4.7 yards per carry (23rd).
Jacksonville running back Etienne has steadily come into his own since Week 5. Over the last three games, he is averaging eight yards per carry with 271 rushing yards. Etienne has yet to get over 16 touches this season. Following the trade of Robinson, Etienne will feast. The Jaguars will cover thanks to a successful run game.
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