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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings 12/6/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Minnesota Vikings on 12/6/2020 at 1:00PM.

Jacksonville and Minnesota face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Jacksonville has a record of 1-0 this season. Minnesota is 5-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Jacksonville Team Defense Preview

Jacksonville yields 6.1 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 37.4 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.69 points per drive. 49.2% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 9.0% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 30.3 yard line, they usually take up 2:54 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 106.3 and 2.1% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Jacksonville has forced a sack rate of 2.8% this season.

Examining Jacksonville in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 139 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 59 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 42.4%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 12 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 8 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 41 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 25 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 61.0%.

Jacksonville Team Offense Preview

Jacksonville has 6.2 plays per drive, they generate 32.0 yards per drive, and they score 1.93 points per offensive possession. 35.1% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 13.2% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 27.8 yard line, they usually take up 2:41 of time.

On 4.1% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.7% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Jacksonville has given up 30 sacks this season and this has resulted in 182 yards lost.

Jacksonville rushed for 4.6 yards per carry and for 101.2 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 11 times this season.

Examining Jacksonville in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 141 third down attempts this season and have converted 60 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 42.6%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 18 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 27.8%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 34 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 61.8%.

Minnesota Team Defense Preview

Minnesota yields 6.5 plays per drive, this defense gives up 36.2 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.44 points per drive. On 47.8% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 8.7% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 34.2 yard line, they typically last 2:57.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 97.8 against Minnesota and 2.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has caused a sack rate of 4.6% this season.

We will get more situational with Minnesota and examine various situations. They have faced 130 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 48 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 36.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 22 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 15 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 68.2%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 39 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 51.3%.

Minnesota Team Offense Preview

Minnesota has 5.6 plays per drive, this offense averages 35.4 yards per drive, and they score 2.41 points per offensive possession. 39.2% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 15.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 24.8 and these drives usually take up 2:39 of time.

7.2% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Minnesota and 3.4% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has given up 21 sacks this season and this has resulted in 113 yards lost.

They rushed for 5.0 yards per carry and for 145.7 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 13 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Minnesota and examine various situations. They have had 117 third down attempts this season and have converted 51 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 43.6%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 12 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 50.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 36 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 28 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 77.8%.

The Jacksonville Roster

The Players to Watch for Jacksonville

Gardner Minshew II QB 6-1 225

This season, Gardner Minshew II has put up 1855 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 94.4thus far this season. Gardner Minshew II has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Gardner Minshew II has 122 rushing yards, which puts him in the 65.12 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 25 times this season, which puts him in the 62.79 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1 rushing touchdowns this season.

James Robinson RB 5-10 220

This season, James Robinson has 890 rushing yards on 194 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 6 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, James Robinson picked up 280 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

DJ Chark WR 6-4 198

This season, DJ Chark picked up 534 yards. He caught the ball 41 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

DaVon Hamilton NT 6-4 320

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Jacksonville, DaVon Hamilton has 14 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 50.65 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

Adam Gotsis DE 6-4 287

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Jacksonville, Adam Gotsis has 12 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 8.55 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jarrod Wilson SS 6-2 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Jacksonville, Jarrod Wilson had 24 tackles which puts him in the 29.21 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jarrod Wilson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 56.41 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Tre Herndon CB 5-11 185

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Jacksonville, Tre Herndon had 39 tackles which puts him in the 87.71 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Tre Herndon as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 22.27 percentile among Corners this season.

The Minnesota Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota

Kirk Cousins QB 6-3 202

This season, Kirk Cousins has put up 2768 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has thrown 11 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 104.5thus far this season. Kirk Cousins has thrown 11 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kirk Cousins has 77 rushing yards, which puts him in the 53.49 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 16 times this season, which puts him in the 44.19 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Dalvin Cook RB 5-10 210

This season, Dalvin Cook has 1130 rushing yards on 219 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 13 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Dalvin Cook picked up 255 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 29 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justin Jefferson WR 6-1 202

This season, Justin Jefferson picked up 918 yards. He caught the ball 52 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaleel Johnson DT 6-3 316

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson has 18 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 72.73 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jalyn Holmes DE 6-5 283

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Minnesota, Jalyn Holmes has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 8.55 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Anthony Harris FS 6-1 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Anthony Harris had 42 tackles which puts him in the 71.91 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anthony Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.15 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Jeff Gladney CB 5-10 191

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Minnesota, Jeff Gladney had 47 tackles which puts him in the 96.61 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Gladney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 22.27 percentile among Corners this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 22 Minnesota Vikings 29

Spread Pick: Jacksonville +10.5 -113 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Minnesota -450 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 51.5 -103 matchbook