Sunday’s NFL action promises high drama when the Jacksonville Jaguars, riding a hot streak with four consecutive wins, go toe-to-toe against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who recently triumphed over the Rams.
The season didn’t start ideally for the Jaguars with a shaky 1-2. But they’ve managed to pick up the pace, boasting wins against teams like the Falcons, Bills, Colts, and the Saints. Their most recent game against the Saints showcased their ability to maintain pressure throughout, scoring in all quarters. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence shined with 204 passing yards and led the rush as well. The team’s wide receiver, Christian Kirk, made a notable contribution with a touchdown. Looking at the stats, the Jaguars shine on Sundays against teams with a winning streak and are apt at covering the spread. However, they have a concerning 31st rank in the NFL for passing yards allowed.
The Steelers began the season with an unstable 2-2 performance. Their wins came against the Browns and Raiders, while they stumbled against the 49ers and Texans. However, they’ve shown resilience with back-to-back victories against the Ravens and the Rams. The recent clash with the Rams saw a commendable comeback from the Steelers. Quarterback Kenny Pickett delivered with 230 passing yards, while Najee Harris was pivotal in the ground game. Not to forget, George Pickens, who led the receivers with a whopping 107 yards. The Steelers have a knack for performing as underdogs and have a commendable record against AFC South teams. They stand out in the NFL with forced fumbles but lag in average yards per game.
While it’s tempting to side with the in-form Jaguars, this match could go either way. Jacksonville’s offense against the Saints wasn’t flawless, reflected by their two fumbles and less-than-stellar third-down conversions. Yet, they’ve consistently hit high scores in their recent games, showing their offensive prowess. On the other hand, the Steelers have room for improvement, especially in their third downs, but their defensive might cannot be ignored.
All said, this clash promises to be captivating, with the Jaguars seemingly having a slight edge, especially if they maintain their scoring trend. The -2.5 spread difference might be enough for me to trust Jacksonville covering it on BUSR’s NFL Odds.