A pair of disappointing AFC teams are set to square off for a Week 4 matchup in the National Football League. Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos were expected to be much improved this season, but things have not worked out that way so far. This game will feature plenty of defense, and both teams will likely struggle to find the end zone in this game.
Denver looked like it would get its first win of the season in Week 2, but a late field goal gave the Chicago Bears the win. The Broncos come into this game with a record of 0-3 but do have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL.
Jacksonville lost its first two games but looked solid a week ago. The Jaguars came away with a 20-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans last Thursday night, and have had plenty of time to prepare for this game. Denver is a three-point favorite over the Jaguars in this game.
Broncos Need More Offense
The Denver Broncos have been moving the ball up and down the field, but it has not led to many points so far this season. Denver is averaging just 15.3 points per game in 2019, and that just won’t get it done in today’s NFL. Quarterback Joe Flacco has passed for 773 yards already this season but has managed to throw just two touchdown passes. The Broncos are averaging 111 rushing yards per game, but they need more balance on offense.
Denver has had a terrific defense over the last few seasons, but they haven’t gotten going in 2019. The Broncos have yet to record a sack through their first three games, despite having Vic Fangio as their new head coach. Denver will likely blitz a ton in this game to try and get some pressure on rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew.
Minshew Playing Well For Jaguars
Jacksonville drafted Minshew in the 2019 NFL Draft, but there was no way they could have predicted he would be this good this early. Minshew has thrown for 692 yards and five touchdowns already this season, and he didn’t even start the first game. Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. has racked up 277 receiving yards this season and is definitely the top target for Minshew. Jacksonville will try to throw its way to another win in this game.
The Jaguars gave up just seven points in their Week 3 victory, but they will be without one of their best players in this game. Jalen Ramsey is away from the team this week and is also still seeking a trade. Ramsey is a shutdown corner that allows the Jaguars to do some things on defense, and his loss will be felt in this game.
Broncos Defense Leads Them To Victory
Points will be at a premium in this game, and that definitely suits the Denver Broncos in 2019. The Broncos defense is finally going to get some sacks in this game, and they will give their offense some short fields. Minshew has been playing well for the Jaguars this season, but playing in Denver is a tough task. Look for the Broncos defense to cause some turnovers in leading their team to a win. Bet the Broncos -3.0 in this game.