The Jacksonville Jaguars are ready to take on the Vikings.
Injuries haven’t given the Jacksonville Jaguars a break recently and this week isn’t different. They will be without a few key contributors when they will fly to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. Nevertheless, they have enough players to give a good fight.
Defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, cornerback Sidney Jones, a couple of key contributors, have been already ruled out, so it’s up to the Jaguars depleted defense to stop a Vikings offense that ranks 12th in points scored.
On the bright side, Jacksonville’s offense showed signs of life and was able to put points on the scoreboard with Mike Glennon at the helm. The veteran quarterback will start once again and should be able to move the ball downfield and score a couple of touchdowns, so this will definitely be an interesting game. Here are three bold predictions ahead of the ‘Jags’ Week 13 matchup versus the Vikings.
Despite injuries, the Jacksonville Jaguars defense will make a stand.
1. Laviska Shenault will score two receiving touchdowns.
The Jaguars have a solid wide receiver corps. Even though none of their wideouts are playing at a Pro Bowl level, all of them have stood out at different times this season. This time, it will be Laviska Shenault Jr‘s turn to shine.
Mike Glennon provides stability to the quarterback position and showed in Week 12 he can move the ball. The veteran will test a Vikings defense that ranks 29th against the pass and will throw two touchdown passes to Shenault.
2. Myles Jack will force his second fumble of the year.
Even though the Jaguars defense has been surrounded by injuries and inconsistency in 2020, Myles Jack has been his efficient self throughout the season. Now that he’s back at his more natural weakside spot, the linebacker has been able to make plays.
Back in Week 9, Jack forced his first fumble of the year when he ripped the ball out of Houston Texans running back David Johnson. He will register his second forced fumble of the year in Week 13.
3. Luc Barcoo will snag his first career interception.
Undrafted rookie Luc Barcoo made his first career start against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. Even though he gave up a touchdown to wide receiver Jarvis Landry, he was mostly solid and allowed four passes on six targets.
Barcoo was rushed into the lineup in Week 12 due to the injuries the Jaguars have had at the cornerback position. He will make his second start of the year against the ‘Vikes’. He’s going to have a solid performance and record his first interception of the year.