The Jacksonville Jaguars turned heads when they came back from a nine-point deficit to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. This wasn’t the Jags’ first win of the season but it was arguably the most important one, especially when you take into account that they ended a 175-game streak of losing when trailing by seven points or more in the fourth quarter.
But Jacksonville can’t rest on their laurels. They’re still six games left in the season and next on their schedule is a Detroit Lions team that has won three of their last four games. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media Monday that the team can’t dwell too much on the win and must prepare for the next game on their schedule.
“It’s a week-to-week business, short-term memory”, Pederson said. “You come in Monday and you watch it and you make the corrections and you put it to rest and you’re on to the next. In the end, you just gotta erase what you did last week, remember but at the same time, you gotta move forward and you have to approach this independently of last week. It’s another set of challenges for the team”.
With that in mind, here are the odds and a score prediction for the Jaguars’ Week 13 matchup against Detroit.
Jaguars vs. Lions Odds and Spread for Week 13
Per Betsided, the Jags are a 1-point favorite with a moneyline of -120. Place a wager of $120 on them and win $100 for a total payout of $220 if they beat Detriot. The Lions’ moneyline sits at +108, bet $100 on them and win $108 for a payout of $208 if they win in Week 12.
The over/under for the game is set at 51.5 points, so bettors think this might turn out to be a high-scoring affair.
Jaguars vs Lions score prediction for Week 13
The Lions got off to a slow start this season, losing six of their first six games but they won three in a row before falling 28-25 to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. If there’s one thing Detroit can do very well is scoring. They currently rank eighth in points scored and total yards, so the Jaguars’ defense might have a hard time keeping up with quarterback Jared Goff and cia.
On the other hand, the Lions are atrocious at stopping opposing teams from reaching their end zone. Their defense ranks in the cellar of the league in points allowed and often need to get in a shootout to have a shot at winning.
The Jaguars have failed at times to play complementary football this season but they showed in Week 12 what they can do when the defense makes enough plays and the offense can move the ball. They might be without Travis Etienne, who suffered a foot injury against the Ravens, but Trevor Lawrence proved that he can carry the team on his shoulders.
Having said that, the Jags can’t depend on Trevor Lawrence to bail them out every week, and having Etienne in the lineup would increase their chances of beating the Lions. Either way, this writer thinks both offenses will score plenty of points but Jacksonville’s defense will make enough plays to win.
Final score: Jaguars 30 – Lions 24