With a big victory over a fellow conference contender the Seattle Seahawks took one step closer to a sixth straight playoff berth. The Jacksonville Jaguars, on the other hand, are questing for their first playoff berth in a decade. Jacksonville is a standard home-field advantage favorite for an interesting matchup with Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
NFL point spread: The Jaguars opened as three-point favorites; the total was 39.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.
NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 30.4-12.6 Jaguars (NFL picks on every game)
Why the Seahawks can cover the spread
The Seahawks just picked up a key victory in the NFC playoff race, beating Philadelphia on Sunday night 24-10. Seattle, as a six-point home ‘dog, grabbed a 10-0 first-quarter lead, let the Eagles get within 17-10 early in the fourth quarter but iced the game with an immediate touchdown drive, snapping Philly’s nine-game winning streak.
On the night the Seahawks got outgained 425-310 but won the turnover battle 2-0, which basically resulted in a plus-14 point differential. Seattle now ranks fifth in the league in turnover margin at plus-7.
Sunday’s victory, combined with losses by Atlanta and Carolina, lifted the Seahawks into the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff standings. They also only trail the 9-3 Rams by one game for the lead in the NFC West, and they beat Los Angeles earlier this season. BleacherReport
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