Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) vs. New Orleans Saints (5-9)
Sunday, December 27th, 4:05 P.M. EST
Kickoff Temperature: Dome
Line: Saints by 3
The Jaguars are looking to finish the season strong and a win in New Orleans would be something to hang their proverbial hats on. Meanwhile, there will likely be plenty of change in New Orleans and they are trying to win as many games as possible to stay out of the cellar of the NFC South.
Keys to a Jaguars Victory:
1. Pressure Drew Brees. Brees is very good against the blitz, and if you blitz you'll get beat some of the time, but he has a bad foot and the Jaguars defense can't afford to let him get into a rhythm. Take some chances and hope that the back end holds up.
2. Keep attacking on offense. The Saints have a terrible defense and the Jaguars need to keep attacking down the field. This should be a game where both quarterbacks prosper.
3. Locate Brandin Cooks. The Saints slot/everything receiver is their biggest playmaker on offense and he needs to be accounted for at all times.
4. If the running game doesn't work, abandon ship. Normally we like a balanced offense, but if the Jaguars don't have T.J. Yeldon again (which is likely), there's no reason to waste offensive snaps going nowhere.
5. Win special teams. The Jaguars haven't won special teams much this season, but when they have they've won the games. Make your kicks, cover well and hope for some big Rashad Greene returns.
What to Look For:
1. Bortles goes over 50. Blake Bortles is going to throw the ball until his arm falls off. This is a terrible defense and the Jaguars best chance of winning is with the ball in Bortles hands and chucking it downfield. Look for him to have over 50 pass attempts.
2. Thomas finds paydirt. Tight end Julius Thomas is a mismatch for anyone on New Orleans, and he should find the end zone again.
3. Cooks has a big game. Brandin Cooks is finaly healthy and coming into his own as a wide receiver. He should do some damage in this one.
4. Brees will carve up the secondary. Despite the foot injury, Drew Brees is a Hall of Fame quarterback that is playing at a high level. There will be pleny of big plays made.
5. Jags drop a shootout. The Jaguars have struggled on the road and although they make it interesting, they can't pull through at the end.