You will find some similarities in this matchup between the Rams and Jaguars. The Rams and Jaguars are in similar positions franchise wise. They’ve endured years of poor play, and are hoping this is the year they breakout. The Rams haven’t been much of a franchise since the Mark Bulger era. Jared Goff has come a long way from his rookie year and finally looks comfortable in the pocket. It was a different story as a rookie. The game looked way too fast for him, but he looks like a different guy out there in 2017. Goff came from a completely different offense in college, too. Cal sprayed the ball around in an air-raid style attack.
Goff had to learn what it’s like to play in a pro-style offense. For the first time in his career, he looks like a pro-style quarterback. Goff had led the Rams to a 3-2 start, but they were about an inch away from 4-1. 4-1 sure looks about better than 3-2. A last-ditch effort by the Rams went for naught, with a beautiful pass from Goff to Cooper Kupp that went for an completion in the end zone. Kupp should’ve had it and it would have made for a marquee win. As it went, the Rams fell to 3-2 and are in danger of hitting .500 in Jacksonville today.
The Jags are in the same boat, they’ve seen their fair share of glee and heartbreak in just five weeks of play. They are right there with the Rams at 3-2. Further, there is a young quarterback in Jacksonville who is looking to have a big year like Goff. Blake Bortles was in danger of losing his starting job to Chad Henne, but has fended him off and held on to it thus far.
Bortles has passed for 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with a 54.8 completion percentage. In other words, he is on the fringe right now. The Jaguars would like to get an idea if they should draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft or what. Nothing has been answered in that regard. We know he can be good, though. In his second-year he passed for 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. We’ll see what Bortles we get today. Head below for our free Rams vs. Jaguars NFL Week 6 pick.
L.A. Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds:
vs. Jaguars -2.5(-110)
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Jared Goff has held his own, passing for 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Again, like Bortles, he could have a rough stretch and his numbers look a whole lot different. I have really liked his poise, though, and I expect him to continue to play well. A strong running game behind Todd Gurley has really been the catalyst of the offense. Gurley has rushed for 405 yards with a 4.1 average on the ground. Overall, the Rams are averaging 110.8 yards per game rushing. The team is 1st may come as a bit of a surprise, though.
Jacksonville are averaging a whopping 165.2 yards per game rushing. That’s 10 yards better than the 2nd place Chiefs. The running game has been potent thanks to Leonard Fournette. Fournette looked like a superstar in college, and his game has carried over to the NFL. As a rookie, he’s rushed for 466 yards with 10 yards a carry. College runners would love numbers like that, never mind a guy running against NFL defenses. My only problem with him is his aggressive running style. It won’t have much of an impact on him now, but he could be prone to wear and tear later in his career.
The Jaguar defense has been carrying the team, though. Bortles is super lucky to be playing on a team with Fournette, and also a good defense behind him. The Jags are allowing just 16.6 points per game. Their defense is coming off a dominating performance in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger was picked off 5 times with 0 touchdowns. They also held Le’Veon Bell to just 47 yards rushing. I don’t expect the Jaguars to get to Goff that badly, but I can see a nice performance nonetheless. These teams are similar in a lot of ways. The homefield advantage and long-distance trip for the Rams is going to be the difference here, though. I like a 23-17 win for Jacksonville.
PICK: JAGUARS -2.5 (-110)