Cowboys vs Jaguars (12/18/22): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Cowboys take on their second straight AFC South opponent. After barely surviving the battle for Texas, the 10-3 Cowboys now travel to Jacksonville to the better-than-their-5-8-record suggests Jaguars. Do the Jaguars have a second straight upset in them? Let’s take a closer look a how these teams match up.

Dallas Cowboys Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds

The Cowboys are road favorites by -4.5 over the Jaguars +4.5 and the over/under is set at 47.5. I’m leaning towards the over as the Cowboys have the 3rd best scoring offense and have scored at least 27 points in their past 6 games, while the Jaguars defense hasn’t held anyone under 20 points since early October.

Dallas Cowboys Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction

The Cowboys escaped an almost embarrassing loss to the 1 win Houston Texans before pulling off a 4th quarter comeback to seal the win. Thankfully they won, or Stephen A. Smith and the rest of the Cowboys’ haters would have mocked them all week. The Cowboys are likely the only team who can steal the Eagles number 1 seed, but they will not be able to commit turnovers or stall on offense when they face Philadelphia in two weeks. Miscues like a muffed punt and two Dak Prescott interceptions almost cost them the game and are detrimental to the Cowboys divisional hopes.

The Jaguars gained a huge win over the Titans, demanding the league’s attention as they throttled the AFC South favorites 36-22. It’s highly unlikely the Jaguars will be able to sneak into the playoffs, but this impressive win gives this young team confidence going forward and into next year. The offense in particular shined, with TE Evan Engram putting together an excellent receiving stat line of 162 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day.

I’m taking the safe bet and counting on the Cowboys to win and cover. I expect this game to be competitive, but for the Cowboys experience and overall consistency to help them get their 11th win.

Prediction: Cowboys 30-24, Over hits

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Betting Trends

Cowboys are 13-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Jaguars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.

Key Injuries

Dallas Cowboys Injuries: Terence Steele (O), Matt Farniok (Q), Devin Harper (Q), Trevon Diggs (Q), Simi Fehoko (Q), Matt Waletzko (Q), Tyron Smith (Q), Johnathan Hankins (Q), Jeremy Sprinkle (Q),

Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries: Chad Muma (Q), Andre Cisco (Q), Travon Walker (Q), Shaquill Griffin (Q)

Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Cowboys vs Jaguars below.

The Jaguars Pass Offense vs the Cowboys Pass Defense

A key element in the Jaguars resurgence has been the breakthrough of QB Trevor Lawrence who is beginning to resemble the QB we expected coming out in the draft last year. Lawrence has completed over 70% of his passes in 5 of his last 6 games while throwing 0 interceptions in his previous 6 games. The Jaguars pass catchers are also contributing more, with WR Zay Jones, WR Christian Kirk, and TE Evan Engram all having at least one 100 yard receiving game in the past four weeks.

The Cowboys #2 pass defense will certainly challenge the Jaguars upcoming offense. The Cowboys secondary took a big hit when they had to move CB Anthony Brown to IR, but thankfully they count on their pass rush, which ranks second in sacks on the season.

Cowboys Run Game vs Jaguars Run Defense

The Cowboys rushing duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard continues to propel and balance the Cowboys offense this season. Elliott and Pollard have helped the Cowboys become the 7th best rushing offense which averages 144.5 yards per game. Even when they’re not getting carries, they are more than capable of making plays in the pass game like Pollard’s tip-toe touchdown.

They go up against the Jaguars run defense which ranks in the middle of the league. The Jaguars gave up 121 yards at 7.1 yards per carry to Derrick Henry this past week, a performance they cannot afford to repeat against the Cowboys offense. The Cowboys should look to Pollard and Elliott to take advantage of the Jaguars defense and give their offense a greater edge.

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart

QB: Dak Prescott
RB1: Ezekiel Elliott
RB2: Tony Pollard
LWR: CeeDee Lamb
RWR: Michael Gallup
SWR: Noah Brown
TE1: Dalton Schultz

Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart

QB: Trevor Lawrence
RB1: Travis Etienne Jr.
RB2: JaMychal Hasty
LWR: Marvin Jones Jr.
RWR: Christian Kirk
SWR: Zay Jones
TE1: Evan Engram

A UCLA graduate, Eva is an experienced football writer who specializes in NFL game analysis and weekly storylines. In her free time you can usually find her cheering on the 49ers or watching the latest Josh Allen highlight clip.

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