TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Weather: High 68, Low 40
Line: Denver (-26.5)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are easily one of the worst teams in recent memory and how could you not compare them to the 2008 Detroit Lions? A team that went winless at 0-16, the Lions actually have had a better offense that Jaguars. Without a true quarterback at the moment, the Jaguars should consider adding one in the 2014 NFL Draft as they will surely have one of the top picks. Chad Henne will take over at the moment for an injured Blaine Gabbert, but that doesn’t solve the Jaguars issues at the position. Cecil Shorts will surely help the pass game — if healthy — with his 31 catches for 411 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Heading into the game against the Jaguars as quite possibly the biggest favorite to win a game in NFL history, the Denver Broncos should not overlook this game. If they can focus on the Jags and not future games, this contest could get very ugly pretty quickly. Peyton Manning has been the early-season MVP in the league thus far, passing for an incredible 1,884 yards and 20 touchdowns this season as opposed to just one interception through five games. He has gotten major help from the best receiving crew in football in Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker. If you have any of these guys on your fantasy team, you are a lucky owner. Demaryius has caught a team-best 34 passes for another team-best 450 yards and four touchdowns — unbelievable that all four targets have over 300 yards.
Defensively, the Broncos have one of the worst passing defense in the league, but having the top rush defense almost makes up for it. Out-scoring teams is the Broncos thing and once they get all of their key defensive players back, this team will be even scarier. Jacksonville has the worst run defense in the league while having the 10th-best passing defense — almost the complete opposite of Denver.
PREDICTION: Jaguars 10, Broncos 45