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2020-10-25
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Los Angeles Chargers vs Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction & Preview


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#479 Jacksonville
Jaguars 7
 
#480 Los Angeles
Chargers -7

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4:25pm

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Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)

Who will be able to snap a lengthy losing streak when the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Los Angeles Chargers? Jacksonville enters this contest as losers of five straight games, including a 30-16 loss to Detroit last Sunday. The Chargers are losers of four straight games, two of those in overtime, but are coming off their bye week.

Los Angeles enters the contest as a 7.5-point favorite. The total is set at 49.0.

(Late line movements and injuries reports were updated on Saturday afternoon)

Line Movements:

There has been no movement on the line for this contest all week long. After opening as a 7.5-point favorite in this contest, the Chargers remain favored by that same line as of Saturday afternoon. 55 percent of the bets ATS are backing the Chargers giving the points as there is little faith in Jacksonville right now.

Much like the line, there's been literally no movement on the total for this contest either. The total opened at 49 points for this game and it's barely budged from that mark. There are a couple of sports books that put the total at 48.5 points but many still have it at 49. Bets on the total are split evenly at 50/50 as to which side of the number this game will fall on.

Game-time Weather: Temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the high-60s and the temperature will remain in that area for the contest. There will be a mix of sun and clouds for this contest with a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers in the forecast. Winds are projected to come from the west-southwest around nine miles an hour while the gusts will kick up to 11 or 12 miles per hour.

 

Jaguars Mauled by Lions

The Jacksonville Jaguars suffered their fifth straight loss on Sunday, falling at home to the Detroit Lions, 34-16. This was a contest that Detroit dominated from the start, jumping out to a 24-3 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Lions put up 403 total yards of offense while Jacksonville could muster just 275, including only 44 on the ground.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II continues his maturation process, completing 25 of 44 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. Minshew now has 13 touchdowns on the season with just five interceptions. One area where he must improve is in sacks, as he has been dropped 17 times this season.

Keenan Cole is the team's leading receiver with 27 receptions for 362 yards and three touchdowns. DJ Chark is second on the team with 25 catches for 265 and three scores. Toss in Laviska Shenault (26 catches, 280 yards) and Jacksonville has a fairly talented group of weapons to support their young quarterback.

The problem is the Jaguars is their defense. They are allowing 30.2 points and 417.8 yards of total offense per contest. They have six interceptions this season, but five sacks are not going to get the job done.

Jacksonville has a number of injuries entering this contest with the biggest being tight and Tyler Eifert. He is listed as questionable. Defensive end Josh Allen is probable after suffering a knee injury two games ago.

Injury Report:

Out: RB Ryquell Armstead, TE Tyler Eifert, CB D.J. Hayden, LB Myles Jack, RB Leon Jacobs, DT Abry Jones, DE Leventee McCray, CB Rashaan Melvin, TE Josh Oliver, DL Dontavious Russell, S Jarrod Wilson, S Andrew Wingard, DT Al Woods

Questionable: OL A.J. Cann, DT Daniel Ekuale, RB Devine Ozigbo, WR Laviska Shenault Jr.

 

Chargers Looking to Keep Spirits High

While Los Angeles enters this contest 1-4, they could easily be 5-0. Every one of the team’s five games has been decided by seven points or less, and they have lost two of these games in overtime on field goals.

 

The latest of these was a 30-27 loss to New Orleans in OT two weeks ago. The Chargers let a 20-3 second-quarter lead slip away, giving up touchdowns in the final minute of the first and second halves which enabled New Orleans to tie the score. The Saints then won it on a 36-yard field goal with five minutes left.

Los Angeles has a bright young quarterback of their own in Justin Herbert. Herbert has completed 68.8% of his passes this season for 1195 yards and nine touchdowns. He has been sacked just nine times and intercepted just three times. The first-year quarterback looks like he can be a real keeper for the Chargers.

Keenan Allen is off to a quick start, making 34 catches for 350 yards and two TDs. Allen left the October 10 contest but is probable for this week. Joshua Kelley has taken over the running back duties after the loss of Austin Ekeler. Kelley has rushed 203 yards and a touchdown on 63 carries, a mediocre 3.2 yards per carry average.

The Chargers defense is allowing 25 points and 392 yards per contest. They have recorded the eighth sacks on three interceptions.

Los Angeles has a number of injuries as well, with two big ones on the defensive line as Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III are both listed as questionable. Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga is also questionable.

Injury Report:

OUT: LB Asmir Bilal, RB Austin Ekeler, CB Chris Harris Jr., S Derwin James Jr., C Mike Pouncey, LB Drue Tranquill, G Trai Turner

Doubtful: T Storm Norton

Questionable: DE Joey Bosa, T Bryan Bulaga, WR K.J. Hill Jr., DE Melvin Ingram III, RB Justin Jackson, DT Justin Jones, LB Uchenna Nwosu, WR Mike Williams



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