The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) travel to Colorado this weekend for an all-AFC clash with the Denver Broncos (0-3). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on September 29th at Empower Field and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Broncos listed as 3-point home favorites. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Denver is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 38.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 4 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Broncos vs Jaguars Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Jaguars finally got back into the win column in Week 3, beating Tennessee 20-7 at home on Thursday Night Football to move to 1-2 overall. Jacksonville scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and cruised to victory from there, giving up only a single touchdown the rest of the way. Backup turned folk hero Gardner Minshew played well, going 20/30 for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Leonard Fournette had another mediocre showing on the ground, although he did break off a 50+ yard run after struggling to get things going in the first half. DJ Chark led the way for the Jaguars receiving corps, catching four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the offense gained just under 300 total yards and scored two touchdowns in the victory.
Jacksonville was outstanding on the defensive side of the ball against the Titans as well, holding their offense to just six total points despite giving up almost 400 total yards. The Jags were especially tough against the run, limiting Tennessee to only 91 total rushing yards all game.
The Broncos dropped their third game in a row last weekend, this time falling 27-16 on the road in Green Bay. Denver trailed by double-digits at the end of the second quarter and couldn’t find a way to get back into it in the second half, scoring just two field goals over the final 30 minutes. QB Joe Flacco continued to struggle, passing for just 213 yards and no touchdowns while also getting picked off once. Phillip Lindsay was impressive on the ground, rushing for a team-high 81 yards and two touchdowns. Courtland Sutton also had a decent outing, hauling in five passes for 87 receiving yards. Overall, the Broncos barely gained over 350 total yards of offense and scored just two touchdowns against an above average Packers defense.
Denver looked below average on defense in Week 3, failing to record a sack for the third straight game while also giving up three touchdowns. The Broncos did do a pretty good job against Aaron Jones, holding him to just 19 total rushing yards. However, Jones certainly made his limited yardage count, scoring two short-yardage touchdowns.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Jaguars +3
This is shaping up to be one of the uglier games on the schedule here in Week 4, as there certainly isn’t a lot to get excited about on either side of this matchup. Having said that, Gardner Minshew has played well since taking over for the injured Nick Foles, so at least the Jacksonville offense is a little bit easier to trust than Joe Flacco and Co. The Broncos have been absolutely terrible on offense over the first three weeks of the season, scoring just 46 points combined. Their defense hasn’t really lived up to expectations either, giving up an average of more than 22 points per game. I really think that the Jaguars have been the better team on both sides of the ball so far this year, so I’ll happily take the free field goal as well since I think they could easily win this game outright.
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Jacksonville has also owned this matchup as of late, going a very solid 4-1 against the spread over the last five meetings between these two teams. The Broncos are also just 1-6 ATS over their last seven games overall and 1-4 against the spread over their last five games against an AFC opponent. I have no faith in Flacco to suddenly turn things around this weekend against a Jags defense that has given up only 20 points over their last two games. Minshew-mania should continue on Sunday, and the extra three points are just the cherry on top. Give me Jacksonville to cover on the road!