Jaguars OLB Josh Allen wreaks havoc vs. the Buccaneers: 5 predictions for Week 16

• The Jaguars could play the Bucs without Trevor Lawrence

• Josh Allen and other players will need to show out

• Here are 5 predictions for the bout, one including Allen

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2. Travis Etienne will cross the 100-yard mark, get 2 TDs for the Jaguars

Running back Travis Etienne is having a good-not-great season but it's not for a lack of effort. Heading into Week 16, he leads the league in broken tackles with 74. He's got to fight for every single yard he gets because the offensive line cannot open lanes. To make matters worse, offensive coordinator Press Taylor has often abandoned the run early in games throughout the season.

It makes sense because the team cannot block up front and their gains are frequently minimal but even when the running game is clicking, Taylor will favor the pass. That said, he'll lean heavily on Travis Etienne to keep the Buccaneers' defense honest. This will lead to one of his best performances of the season, one in which he'll get over 100 rushing yards, the second time he achieves the feat in 2023, and two rushing touchdowns.

1. Josh Allen will get two sacks, one forced fumble vs. the Buccaneers

Outside linebacker Josh Allen has been without a doubt one of the Jaguars' top players in 2023. It took him a bit to put it all together but he's finally the dominant pass rusher the team envisioned when they drafted him seventh overall in 2019. Allen ranks at the top of nearly every meaningful pass-rushing category. His banner season will continue against the Buccaneers, tallying two sacks and one forced fumble.

The Jaguars are dealing with plenty injuries ahead of Week 16 but Josh Allen will pick up the slack and have a huge role in the outcome of the game.

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