Prepare for some old-fashioned defensive football, as the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) 4th-ranked defense heads to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) and their 5th-ranked defense in Week 6 (October 14, 2018 at 4:25pm EST).
Online sports betting sites are putting a lot of stock into these stingy defenses, as they’ve set the game total at just 40.5, with the Jaguars opening as 3-point favorites. But the offenses in this game certainly aren’t helping the total, either.
The strength of the Jaguars’ defense has been their secondary. Jacksonville is holding teams to just 191 passing yards per game, good for 1st in the league. Calais Campbell and his team-leading 3 sacks are a big reason for their success.
Jacksonville has been so good against the pass, it has led to them allowing just 17.2 PPG. But this isn’t to say they’re giving up a ton of yards on the ground, either. The Jaguars only allow 101.2 rushing yards per game, good for 14th in the NFL.
Don’t be expecting big outputs from Dak Prescott (961 passing yards and 5 TDs) and Cole Beasley (193 receiving yards and 0 TDs) this week. The Cowboys will likely have to rely on their running game with Ezekiel Elliott to find any success against this stingy Jaguars defense.
The Cowboys defense, however, excels at stopping the run. Dallas allows just 95.8 yards per game on the ground, 11th-fewest in the league. Their strength down the middle has nearly halted opposing rushing attacks, holding them to just 3.4 YPC (5th).
Houston quickly discovered how hard it is attempting to run the ball against the Cowboys defense last week, as they only managed 88 rushing yards. Dallas’s capability for turning an offense one-dimensional only makes Demarcus Lawrence (5.5 sacks) all the more dangerous.
Don’t expect Jacksonville to stubbornly hand the ball to T.J. Yeldon (258 rushing yards and 1 TDs this season) all game. Instead, the Jaguars will likely look to Blake Bortles (82.4 passer rating) to shoulder the offense in Week 6.
Again, I’m sure you can see why we’ve got such a low projected game total …