Week 8 Preview: Jaguars at Packers

Jacksonville (1-5) might be the worst team in the league and the Packers (4-3) are surging but wounded. We have the stats, streaks and notes, plus our weekly prediction.


KICKOFF: Sunday, noon, CBS.

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Jacksonville 3-3; Green Bay 3-4 (Packers are minus-15.5).


AP PRO32 RANKING: Jaguars No. 32; Packers No. 6.

LAST MEETING: Jaguars beat Packers 20-16, Dec. 14, 2008.

LAST WEEK: Jaguars lost to Raiders 26-23 OT; Packers beat Rams 30-20.

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert is expected to start despite injury to non-throwing shoulder. ... Rashad Jennings will start at RB for Jaguars in place of Maurice Jones-Drew (sprained left foot). ... Packers have won back-to-back games for first time this season. ... Jacksonville 0-2 against NFC North, losing to Minnesota and Chicago. First time Jaguars play all four NFC North teams since 2008. ... Green Bay's first game in almost a month at Lambeau Field, where they have won 15 of last 16 and 21 of last 23 in regular season. ... Green Bay leads NFL in red zone efficiency, converting 16 of 21 opportunities. ... After scoring 57 points in first three games, Packers have scored 127 in last four. ... Green Bay's 24 sacks are NFL best, and Clay Matthews ranks second individually with nine. ... Jaguars an NFL-worst in total offense (235.8 yards per game) and yards passing (144.8 per game). ... Jaguars K Josh Scobee has made 17 straight field goals, longest streak of career and second-longest in team history. Mike Hollis owns franchise record with 20 consecutive made field goals. ... Will be 100th game for Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis. ... Jaguars have not scored second-half TD in last three games. ... Packers have won four of last six regular-season games against AFC teams. ... Jaguars DE Austen Lane grew up in Iola, Wis., about 60 miles west of Green Bay.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (5-2): The Packers look like a championship contender after strong performances the last two weeks. The Jaguars are bad on defense and they're truly awful on offense. Really, this should be no contest. What should give Jacksonville a glimmer of hope is Green Bay's injury situation. The Packers will be without seven starters: Cedric Benson, John Kuhn, Greg Jennings, Nick Perry, Desmond Bishop/D.J. Smith, Sam Shields and Charles Woodson. If Jordy Nelson can't play, that will run the total to eight. The biggest question is whether veteran Donald Driver and rookie Jarrett Boykin can get open and take some of the pressure off of James Jones and Randall Cobb. If they can't, this game might get interesting. Packers 34, Jacksonville 10.

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