After beating the Miami Dolphins, and winning their first game of the 2021 season in Week 6, the Jacksonville Jaguars enjoyed their BYE in Week 7. Next on their schedule are a 2-4 Seattle Seahawks team that is trying not to fall behind in the race for the NFC West crown.
The Jags had more than enough time to celebrate their victory and rest. It’s now time for them to regroup, turn the page and prepare for the Seahawks. It will be interesting to see if Jacksonville can gain momentum and win their second game of the year or go back to the loss column. Also, it will be worth monitoring quarterback Trevor Lawrence‘s development. He’s had a streak of solid games and is only getting better.
After throwing seven interceptions in the first three games of the season, the former Clemson Tigger has thrown just one in the last three, and that came in the last seconds of the Jaguars’ game against the Tennessee Titans. On the other hand, Lawrence hasn’t had more than one passing touchdown in a game since Week 1.
Keep in mind that there are some Jaguars players (Shaquill Griffin) and coaches (Darrell Bevell, Brian Schottenheimer) with past ties to Seattle, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for them.
Jaguars vs Seahawks Week 8 odds.
WynnBET has the Jaguars as a 4-point underdog in this game. Their moneyline is set at +170. Put a wager of $170 on them and win $100 for a total payout of $270. Meanwhile, the Hawks moneyline stands at -190 since they’re the favorites to win. Bet $190 and win $100.
The over/under for the game is currently set at 44.0.
Jaguars vs Seahawks Week 8 prediction.
Before the season started, this looked like a loss in the Jaguars’ calendar. However, they should feel good about their odds heading into the game. Lawrence is improving and James Robinson is among the top 10 running backs in the NFL. Moreover, their wide receiver corps is taking shape and both Marvin Jones Jr. and Jamal Agnew have become two reliable targets.
The Seahawks will have a short week to prepare since they will face off against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Also, they will be without quarterback Russell Wilson, who hurt his finger in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams. Thus, Geno Smith will start for the Hawks.
The one thing that could make this difficult matchup for the Jaguars is the fact it will at Lumen Field. You have probably about the 12th man, which gives the Seahawks an edge over their opponents at their homes stadium.
Still, the difference in talent between the Jaguars and the Seahawks (without Russell Wilson) isn’t big. Seattle’s defense ranks 21st in points allowed, which is something Jacksonville must take advantage of.
In previous weeks, the Jaguars have lost a couple of games they could and should have won. That won’t happen in Seattle and will earn their second victory of the year. Also, they score 30 points for the first time in 2021.
Final score: Jaguars 30 – Seahawks 24