Myles Jack will play more than 20 snaps at linebacker: FICTION
To piggy back off the last prediction, it would behoove the Jaguars to play their insanely athletic and rangy second round pick some more in a lost season to see how good he can be. I mean, he did a pretty good job last week saving a score when he freaking walked down Lamar Miller on what should have been a breakaway touchdown run.
Myles Jack is good, and his lack of playing time is just another example of the historical ineptness of this coaching staff. When you have talented players, you find a way to adjust the scheme to get them on the field. This coaching deficiency has manifested itself in other ways as well – using Dante Fowler Jr. purely as an edge rusher, the lack of aggressiveness by Tashaun Gipson, Johnathan Cyprien being terrible up until this season, Julius Thomas being schemed for screen passes when it takes him an eon to change direction… The list is long.
So Jack should play more. But he won’t.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to lose this game. I have absolutely no confidence in them on the road and while I would be ecstatic if Blake Bortles all of a sudden turned it on and started connecting on throws down the field, it’s foolish to think it will actually happen. The Lions aren’t a great team but you don’t even need to be mediocre at this point to beat the Jaguars – just show up and watch them self-destruct.
The Lions will build a sizable first half lead and we’ll all watch as people tweet about Bortles’ garbage time stats in real time.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 23 – Lions 31