Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins - 12/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Redskins (6-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (TIAA Bank Field)
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars -7 -- Over/Under: 36
The Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars meet Sunday in NFL action at TIAA Bank Field.
The Washington Redskins need to snap a four-game losing streak here to have any chance of staying in the NFC playoff race. The Washington Redskins have split their last six road games. Mark Sanchez is completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 138 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Sanchez and Josh Johnson have combined for one touchdown pass and four interceptions this season. Jordan Reed and Josh Doctson have combined for 1,027 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Vernon Davis has 23 receptions. The Washington Redskins ground game is averaging 114.1 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 872 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 22.8 points and 370.1 yards per game. Mason Foster leads the Washington Redskins with 108 tackles, Ryan Kerrigan has nine sacks and D.J. Swearinger has four interceptions.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could also use a victory here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have split their last six home games. Cody Kessler is completing 66 percent of his passes for 546 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Kessler enters this game with 97 pass attempts under his belt this season. Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief have combined for 1,245 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while T.J. Yeldon has 54 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 107.3 yards per contest, and Yeldon leads the way with 408 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 21 points and 324.1 yards per game. Telvin Smith leads the Jacksonville Jaguars with 111 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has seven sacks and Jalen Ramsey has three interceptions.
The Redskins are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 15. The Jaguars are 0-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass and 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Redskins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Jaguars last 4 home games. The under is 6-2 in Redskins last 8 road games.
The Washington Redskins are being outscored by a margin of 12.25 points during their four-game losing streak and showed last week against the New York Giants that there's zero hope at quarterback with a combination of Sanchez and Johnson. The Jacksonville Jaguars have had extra time to prepare for this game, but you have to question the motivation at this point given that was once a Super Bowl dark horse has won just once since October. The Washington Redskins have split their last eight games ATS when an underdog of at least seven points. The Jacksonville Jaguars have covered four of their last six games when a favorite of at least seven points. A full touchdown is a ton to lay in the NFL, especially when neither of these teams can score. With that said, I have more confidence in Jacksonville's defense than I do anything else in this game. Jacksonville could easily pitch a shutout with who the Redskins have at quarterback. Look what the Giants did to the Redskins last week on the road. I wouldn't touch this game, but if forced to pick, I'd take the Jaguars in a comfortable victory. The Washington Redskins have zero hope offensively.