The Jacksonville Jaguars have held the No. 1 spot in the AFC South the last two weeks but their lead is narrow and the Indianapolis Colts are not far behind. The Jags will need to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, which will be no easy task, if they want to remain at the top of the division.
Philly hasn’t lost a game this season and is a 6.5-point favorite ahead of Week 4. On the bright side, the Jags have enough talent at hand to go toe-to-toe with them. Furthermore, beating the Eagles at home would send the message around the league that they’re for real. With that in mind, here are five bold predictions for the game.
5. Jaguars RB Travis Etienne will break off a 50-yard TD vs. the Eagles
Running back James Robinson is fully healthy after tearing his Achilles last year. And against the Chargers in Week 3, he broke off a 50-yard touchdown run.
But Robinson isn’t the only talented running back on the roster. Travis Etienne has gotten a lighter workload but has been productive when getting the ball, racking up 26 carries for 112 yards in three games.
The Eagles have a stout defense, one that will make it difficult for the Jaguars to run the ball. However, offensive coordinator Press Taylor will try to maintain a balanced game plan and won’t steer away from pounding the ball even if it doesn’t lead to positive gains early on. Eventually, the Jags will be able to break off a big run, but this time, it will be Etienne, not Robinson, the one that will reach the end zone.