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NFL 2021 Week Four Thursday Night Football Can The Jags Stop The Rot?

Thursday nights game is an all AFC clash between the Cincinnati Bengals & the Jacksonville Jaguars. This may not set the neutral fans’ pulses racing, however, it has a couple of interesting angles which might make it worth sitting up for.

Firstly it is a clash of the last two No one draft picks, Joe Burrow & Trevor Lawrence who have a little rivalry and secondly, the Jaguars are on a horrendous run of losses.

The pair met in the College Football National Championship in 2019 which LSU won convincingly thanks to Joe Burrow’s 5 TD passes. That was a rare loss for Lawrence, however, they have been a lot commoner since he joined the NFL.

Secondly, the Jaguars are on a 19 game losing streak stretching back to last season – tied for second with the Detroit Lions. They will be desperate to snap this trend, however, they have not looked good in any of their games so far. They have lost them all by at least two scores and Trevor Lawrence has struggled badly in the last two when facing decent defenses. But as history shows eventually bad runs end.

The Bengals are 2-1 and have a couple of nice wins there with a narrow win over a very good Vikings side and a surprisingly easy win away at divisional rivals Pittsburgh. Their loss was by 3 points against Chicago – which was far less impressive though.

So who wins

So can Trevor Lawrence get revenge for that National Championship loss? Well, the oddsmakers think not making the Bengals 7.5 point favourites, but they will be without Wide Receiver Tee Higgins which wont help.  The Jags were leading against the Cardinals before a Pick Six sort of knocked the stuffing out of them.

If Lawrence can stop turning the ball over they might have a chance and we think they will keep it within the spread at least.

Our bold prediction The Jaguars to win by 3 points or less but in any event cover the spread

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