New Orleans vs Jacksonville Picks, NFL Free Bets & NFL Predictions
We have New Orleans vs Jacksonville Picks, NFL Free Bets & NFL Predictions for the game on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Two NFC rivals playing back-up quarterbacks clash in Jacksonville as the 2-3 Jaguars host the New Orleans Saints, who have surprisingly won three straight games since losing future Hall of Famer and starting QB Drew Brees to an injury in Week 2.
Kickoff will be at 1 P.M. EST on Sunday, October 13. The current betting odds have the Jaguars as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 44.
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New Orleans Saints Form
In what appeared to spell disaster for the New Orleans Saints back in Week 2, QB Drew Brees injured his thumb in a loss to the LA Rams and is expected to be on the sidelines for 6 to 8 weeks.
But the season has not been lost for the Saints as back-up QB and former Minnesota Viking Teddy Bridgewater has stepped in admirably. He led the Saints to a three-game winning streak, with victories over Seattle, Dallas and Tampa Bay.
That put the team in a prime position to win the AFC South. Helping Bridgewater is the fact that he has faced secondaries that rank 20th, 24th and 21st in passing success in his three starts.
New Orleans stands at 4-1 this season despite some very average team numbers. The team ranks 20th overall in total offense with the 16th ranked passing game and 20th ranked rushing attack.
Defensively, the Saints are ranked 17th overall, with the 17th ranked rush defense and 19th ranked defense against the pass.
However, the defense has held its last two opponents (Dallas and Tampa Bay) to season low total yards.
The Saints are even on the wrong end of the turnover differential (13 turnovers and only seven forced), so it’s a bit surprising to see them at 4-1.
Jacksonville Jaguars Form
Much like New Orleans, there was serious concern for the Jags prospects this season when Nick Foles. The team’s new QB who joined the team in the offseason, was knocked out the game in Week 1 with a shoulder injury and placed on injured reserve.
Enter The Moustache…
Back-up Gardner Minshew and his now famous facial hair have saved the Jags season. Following the Foles injury, Minshew went ahead and made a case for offensive rookie of the year by helping the Jags win two of the next three games and cover the pointspread in all three.
Last week, the team took a step back with a 34-27 loss at Carolina as a three-point dog, but Minshew continued to play very well, throwing for 374 yards and two TD passes.
He hasn’t got much help from a running game that only has the 28th best success rate in the league.
All Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been out for the past few weeks dealing with a back injury and during that time he requested a trade from the organization.
But he is expected to return this week. Through five games, Jacksonville’s “D” is 25th in the league, allowing 382 total yards per-game, so Ramsey will provide a much-needed boost.
New Orleans vs Jacksonville Head-to-Head
These two franchises have only squared off six times, and the last time they met came in December of 2015 when the Saints won 38-27 in New Orleans.
New Orleans vs. Jacksonville Picks
Yes, both Bridgewater and Minshew have played well, but both QBs are taking a major step up in the caliber of defense they will be facing this week.
Both running games have struggled and both defenses have above-average secondaries so we expect the two teams will struggle to score this week.
The Saints have gone under in 13 of their last 20 games when coming off an offensive output of 30 or more points, including two games with that situation this year.
New Orleans vs Jacksonville Picks: Under 44 points @ SportsBetting