The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) host the Los Angeles Chargers (4-8) this weekend for an all-AFC clash from Florida. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on December 8th at TIAA Bank Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Chargers listed as 3-point road favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 43 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 14 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Jaguars vs Chargers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers lost their third consecutive game last weekend, falling 23-20 on the road against Denver to drop to 4-8 on the season overall. Los Angeles gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and never fully recovered despite outscoring the Broncos 20-9 over the final 45 minutes of the game. QB Philip Rivers went 20/29 for 265 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air but also got picked off once as well. RB Melvin Gordon led the way on the ground, rushing for 99 yards on a team-high 20 carries. Mike Williams also chipped in, making five receptions for 117 yards. As a whole, the Chargers generated almost 400 total yards of offense and found the end zone twice in the loss.
Los Angeles was fairly solid defensively against the Broncos, giving up just over 200 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. The Chargers were especially strong defending against the run, allowing only 84 rushing yards the entire game.
The Jaguars have now come up short in four straight games after losing 28-11 at home against Tampa Bay last weekend. Jacksonville gave up 15 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, scoring just a single field goal until the fourth quarter. QB Nick Foles was terrible before getting benched to start the second half, going just 7/14 for 93 passing yards and committing three turnovers. RB Leonard Fournette never got anything going against a tough Bucs run defense, getting held to just 2.7 yards per carry. WR Dede Westbrook was pretty much the only bright spot of the game on offense, hauling in five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Jaguars gained under 300 total yards of offense and scored just one touchdown in the defeat.
Jacksonville had an average outing on the other side of the ball against the Bucs, surrendering over 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Jaguars held Tampa Bay to only 74 total rushing yards, although RB Peyton Barber did still manage to score two touchdowns on the ground.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Chargers -3
There really isn’t a lot to like about this matchup, as there doesn’t appear to be a lot of entertainment or betting value. I’m most likely going to avoid both the total and the spread, as both look pretty efficient to me overall. The only play I might consider going with if the spread moves half a point lower before kickoff is Los Angeles to cover on the road. It was just announced that the Jags will be without LB Myles Jack for the rest of the season, which will certainly leave a massive hole in their defense. His absence is definitely a boost for the Chargers running game, which should take some pressure off of the struggling Philip Rivers. Melvin Gordon has also been showing some glimpses of his former self over the past couple of weeks, receiving around 20 carries per game and hovering around the 100-yard mark in three out of his last four outings.
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The Chargers have also owned Jacksonville against the spread over the past couple of seasons, going a perfect 7-0 against the spread in their last seven meetings with the Jags. Los Angles has also fared extremely well at TIAA Bank Field, covering the number in four out of their last five visits. On the other side, Jacksonville is just 1-4 against the spread over their last five games overall and 2-14 straight up in their last 16 meetings with an opponent from the AFC West. Again, avoiding this matchup entirely is probably the best play, but I’ll roll the dice with the Chargers if forced to pick a side against the spread – give me Los Angeles to cover!