The Chicago Bears hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars is far from a marquee matchup on the Week 6 NFL schedule. But often times, games like these are the ones that end up being the most entertaining to watch on Sunday afternoon. Yes, both the Bears and Jaguars have just one win each on the season thus far, but both have shown signs of being better than their record would suggest.
The Jaguars, in particular, may have been the best team to start a season 0-3 in a number of years. Jacksonville was painfully close to beating both Green Bay and Baltimore before finally earning an impressive win over the Colts a couple weeks ago. The Bears, meanwhile, have been victimized by injuries and a rather difficult schedule early in the season.
The result is a game between two teams both desperate for a win. One should expect both teams to approach this game as if their season depended on it, which may actually be true, as the loser will have an almost impossible task ahead of them with regard to making the playoffs. Here are five bold predictions for what to expect between the Bears and Jaguars in Chicago on Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery Scores First His Touchdown Of Season
It’s almost unfathomable that a receiver like Jeffery has yet to catch a touchdown pass in five games this season, but it’s true. Despite being limited in practice for much of the season with a knee injury, Jeffery is averaging close to 18 yards per reception. However, he still hasn’t found the end zone in 2016. That will change this week, as Jeffery will win a one-on-one matchup against Jacksonville rookie Jalen Ramsey, allowing him to score his first touchdown of the season.
Myles Jack Gets Sack And Interception
Speaking of Jacksonville rookies, this is finally the week that Myles Jack makes his presence felt. Jack is slowly working his way to becoming a bigger part of the defense, sharing time at outside linebacker with Telvin Smith. However, following a bye week for the Jaguars, Jack is going to be a lot better prepared to contribute and play a lot more snaps against the Bears on Sunday. The rookie from UCLA will make the most of his opportunity, registering both the first sack and first interception of his NFL career against Chicago.
Brian Hoyer His Throws First Interception Of The Season
In three and a half games for the Bears this season, Hoyer has six touchdowns and no interceptions, but that last stat is about to change. Hoyer has done well to protect the ball this season, something that is rarely said about Chicago’s usual starter Jay Cutler. However, when the Bears get drawn into a shootout on Sunday, Hoyer will have to force things, and that will lead to him throwing an interception or two. Jacksonville’s pass defense isn’t that good, but the Jaguars have enough opportunistic defenders to pick off Hoyer if he makes a mistake.
T.J. Yeldon Rushers For Over 140 Yards
Chicago’s rush defense is one of the worst in the NFL, making this the perfect time for a breakout game from Jacksonville running back T.J. Yeldon. It’s been tough sledding for Yeldon and the Jacksonville rushing game thus far, but the Jaguars made some changes during their last game against the Colts, helping Yeldon rush for a season-high 71 yards. Against the Bears, Yeldon will double that total, breaking loose on multiple occasions to help give him just the third 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Jaguars Win 35-31 On Last-Minute Score
The Bears and Jaguars are both giving up over 25 points per game, and while each team has struggled offensively at times this season, Sunday’s game in Chicago will see plenty of scoring. Jeffery and Hoyer will help give the Bears a 4th quarter lead, but Blake Bortles will lead the Jaguars on a two-minute drive late in the game. Bortles will pick apart the Chicago secondary, ultimately finding tight end Julius Thomas in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. For the Jaguars, the win will give them momentum for the remainder of the season, while the Bears will walk away defeated, as their season continues to spiral out of control.
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