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#323 Jacksonville Jaguars 44.5 vs.
#324 Oakland Raiders -6.5
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:05pm EST
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 15 of NFL football continues as the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to RingCentral Coliseum to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:05 P.M. These two teams have not met since 2016 when the Raiders beat the Jaguars on the road by the score of 33-16.

This is also expected to be the last game played in Oakland as owner Mark Davis will take his team to Las Vegas next season. Las Vegas has built a $2 million stadium that is expected to be ready for the 2020 season.

Jaguars Continue To Implode

The Jacksonville Jaguars enters this game with a 4-9 record as they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers at home last week by 35 points. The Jaguars started showing signs of life earlier this season as they had a .500 record over a month ago. However, Jacksonville is now in the middle of a five-game losing streak as the wheels have completely fallen off this season. Due to this underachieving season, it is likely that Doug Marrone will not return next season as the head coach but that has yet to be confirmed up to this point. Now, Jacksonville will look to snap its current losing streak as it will look to potentially deliver Marrone one more victory before he goes his separate ways.

Leading the Jaguars offensively is rookie quarterbackGardner Minshew II who has been solid this season. He has thrown for 2,594 passing yards along with 15 passing touchdowns. In addition, he has also been smart with his decision making as he has only thrown five interceptions.

Defensively, Jacksonville has been underwhelming up to this point in the regular season. The Jaguars are allowing 25.9 points per game which ranks 25th in the league. In addition, the Jaguars are allowing 373.1 yards per game which ranks 23rd in the league. Now, Jacksonville will look for a solid defensive performance on the road on Sunday.

Raiders Look To Win Their Last Home Game

Oakland enters this game with a 6-7 record after getting blown out by Tennessee last week at home. The Raiders were actually tied at halftime but got outscored by 21 points in the second half as they lost their third straight game by double digits. Now, Oakland looks doomed to finish the season out of the playoff picture but its hopes are not officially dead. As a result, look for the Raiders to be motivated for this game. In addition, it will be a very emotional game for the Raiders as this will be the last game ever played in Oakland before the franchise officially moves to Las Vegas.

Leading the Raiders offensively is rookie running back Josh Jacobs who has been amazing this season. He already has 1,061 rushing yards along with seven rushing touchdowns. In addition, he has also been a decent receiver out of the backfield as he has 146 receiving yards. However, Jacobs did not play last week due to a shoulder injury and he is currently being listed as questionable for this game.

Defensively, Oakland has been awful up to this point in the regular season. The Raiders are allowing 28.2 points per game which ranks 29th in the league. In addition, the Raiders are allowing 376.4 yards per game which ranks 28th in the league. Now, Oakland will look for a solid defensive performance in the last home game of the season.

Update (12/13): Josh Jacobs is expected to play in this game despite having a "fractured shoulder."

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Even though this spread appears a bit large, I think that it is warranted considering the situation that both teams are in entering this game. Jacksonville has completely fallen apart and it has looked like a disaster on both sides of the ball. While the same could be said about Oakland, this will be the last game ever played in this stadium. I expect the Raiders to come out with a lot of energy as they will look to send their fans home happy for the last time in this stadium. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Oakland Raiders -6.5

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Both teams have been unable to stop anybody over these last few weeks so I have to take the over. I expect the Raiders to play well offensively at home in the final home game of the season while the Jaguars should be able to pick apart Oakland's abysmal secondary. It also helps that the weather will be fine in California so there is no issue regarding the forecast for this game. This matchup should result in around 50 points so I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 45.5

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This will be the last home game ever played by Raiders in Oakland so I think that they will come out with a lot of passion and energy in the first half of this game. Jacksonville has already quit on the season as well as its head coach and I think that it will come out flat once again for this road game. The Raiders should be able to dominate up front as they will be up by about a touchdown by the end of the first 30 minutes. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Oakland 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.