The Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Detroit Lions in Week 13 of the 2022-23 NFL Season. The Jaguars are coming off a very close, last-second win against the Ravens, while the Lions had a last-second loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving. This should be an interesting matchup because these are both young teams that have the ability to take the next step. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds
The Detroit Lions are 1-point home favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars and is at -115 on the money line. The over/under is also at 51.5. The Lions being this low of a favorite makes sense just because they are at home. The over/under makes sense too because these teams can both score a ton, and are also both struggling to stop anyone on defense. This will be a very high-scoring game. The spread could rise a bit in favor of the Lions, just because it’s so low now.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions Prediction
The pick: Lions -1
The Lions have been steadily improving recently. They started out the year slow, but won three in a row before losing a very close game to the Bills. The key has been the offense and how well they’ve been playing. They are averaging 25 points and 374 total yards a game for the year. Jared Goff has been performing very well recently and so has Amon Ra St. Brown in the passing game. The issue is that the defense for Detroit has been the worst in the entire NFL. They haven’t been able to stop anyone and teams have been able to run and pass at will against the Lions. The Jaguars are having a similar year to the Lions. Their offense has shown flashes under Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne this year, but are very young. They average 22 points and 372 total yards a game for the year. Their defense is playing better than the Lions this year, but they still haven’t been that good at all. This game is going to be very entertaining because of all the young talent that each team can showcase. The Lions have the home field advantage, which should definitely matter here. The Lions are the play here and in a back and forth game the home team should have the advantage here thanks to their high-powered offense.
Jaguars are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Jacksonville Jaguars Injuries: LB Shaquill Griffin (Back) O, RB Travis Etienne (Foot) Q
Detroit Lions Injuries: CB Jeff Okudah (Concussion) Q, G Jonah Jackson (Illness) Q
Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions below.
Jared Goff vs the Jaguars Secondary
Jared Goff has been very good for the Lions this year. He has 2,682 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, and he has 64% completion percentage on the year. The consistency for Goff has been an issue, but he has been better with it. The Jaguars allow 258 passing yards a game, which is a great matchup for Jared Goff. Goff needs to have a good game against the Jaguars in order for the Lions to have a chance here. Goff has really come into his own for the Lions and seems to be fitting in well finally.
Trevor Lawrence vs the Lions Secondary
Trevor Lawrence might finally be coming into his own in his second year on Jaguars. He has 2,655 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, and he has a 67% completion percentage on the year. He’s still young, but seems to be cementing himself as a good young quarterback in the NFL. The Lions are very bad against the pass and allow 272 passing yards a game, which is a great matchup for Lawrence. Lawrence needs to take advantage of how bad the Lions pass defense is, in order for the Jaguars to have a chance here.