Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 27, 2015, 4:05 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5
The Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints meet Sunday afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a victory. Blake Bortles is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 3,821 yards, 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Bortles has nine touchdown passes in his last three games. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have combined for 2,048 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Julius Thomas has 42 receptions. The Jacksonville Jaguars ground game is averaging 97.4 yards per contest, and T.J. Yeldon leads the way with 740 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing 27.1 points and 361.5 yards per game. Telvin Smith leads the Jaguars with 128 tackles, Jared Odrick has five sacks and Davon House has 20 pass deflections. Denard Robinson, Telvin Smith and Bryan Walters are questionable.
The New Orleans Saints need a feel good victory after losing five of their last six games. Drew Brees is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 4,135 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Brees has eight passing touchdowns in his last three games. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead have combined for 1,867 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 67 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 92.1 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 769 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 30.9 points and 413.5 yards per game. Stephone Anthony leads the Saints with 101 tackles, Cameron Jordan has nine sacks and Delvin Breaux has 15 pass deflections. C.J. Spiller and Damian Swann are questionable.
The Jaguars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Saints are 0-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Even if their chances are very, very slim, the Jaguars are at least still playing for something. Jacksonville is also playing tough each week with a point to prove. Meanwhile, the Saints are a downright disaster and that defense doesn't even deserve a weekly paycheck. Give me the points, as that Saints defense is impossible to back.