Both teams will be out to halt losing streaks when the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5, 1-2 Home) take on the Denver Broncos (2-5, 0-3 Away) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The Jaguars are 2.5-point favorites, and the total is 39.5. Denver is coming off a 16-9 loss against the New York Jets at Empower Field at Mile High last Sunday, their fourth straight defeat.
Brett Rypien was 24 of 46 for 225 yards and an interception. Melvin Gordon III ran 11 times for 33 yards. Jerry Jeudy was targeted 11 times, catching seven passes for 96 yards. Jacksonville dropped a fourth straight game last Sunday, falling 23-17 to the New York Giants at TIAA Bank Field.
Trevor Lawrence threw for 310 yards. Travis Etienne Jr. carried 14 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was targeted 10 times, hauling in seven receptions for 96 yards.
The Broncos won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 23-13 victory in September. Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns for Denver.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Broncos are averaging 14.3 points per game for the season, worst in the NFL, and they are facing a Jaguars defense that has surrendered 19.6 PPG (10th). Meanwhile, Jacksonville has scored 22.1 points a game this season, 16th in the league, and Denver is allowing 16.4 PPG (3rd).
The Broncos rank 20th in the league in passing yards per game (238.1) and 19th in rushing (109.4), while the Jaguars are 20th in passing yards allowed per game (248.6) and 13th against the run (110.3). Jacksonville is 16th in the league in passing yards per game (243.9) and ninth in rushing (137.4).
Denver’s defense will prove challenging through the air, as the Broncos are 3rd in the league in passing yards allowed per game (197.3). Against the run, the Broncos are 15th (112.9).Denver is averaging 2.4 red zone trips a game this season, finding the end zone 24% of the time, both of which are lowest in the NFL.
Through six games, Russell Wilson has thrown for five touchdowns (3 INT) and 240.3 yards per game to lead Denver in passing. In three games away from home this season, he has four TDs and an average of 255.0 yards passing.
Melvin Gordon III leads the team in rushing with an average of 33.4 yards a game over seven games. He has one touchdown on the ground. Courtland Sutton is the Broncos’ leading receiver with 64.9 yards a game and one TD.
He is averaging 4.9 receptions on 8.3 targets per game. Trevor Lawrence has nine passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 243.9 yards per game through seven games to lead Jacksonville. Travis Etienne Jr. has been the team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 59.3 yards a game through seven games.
He has one touchdown. Christian Kirk has been the primary target in the Jaguars’ aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 65.4 yard per game average through seven appearances. Christian Kirk is averaging 7.7 targets per game (4.6 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Denver is looking to win away from Empower Field at Mile High for the first time this season.
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Jacksonville Jaguars (-135)
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