Falcons 12 - Jaguars 28
Believe it or not, I think this is a game the Falcons could win, but they haven't exactly shown they're capable of beating anyone lately. Blake Bortles has the TD numbers, but his QB rating is only 2 points higher than Matty's this year. Despite the massive score they put on the Colts last week, I do think our defense can force Bortles into making mistakes. The problem, of course, is if the offense can get back on track. As you can tell from my score prediction, I'm not banking on it.
Falcons 31 - Jaguars 21
Eventually, the Falcons need to have luck bounce their way. This week doesn't feel like the week that it'll happen. My gut is saying the Falcons get blown out again. However, they do match up well and maybe Ryan has gotten over his mid-season yips. For now, I'm gonna stick with picking the Falcons on this game and hope the force can help the win this one.
Falcons 20, Jaguars 30
The Falcons haven't scored more than 21 points since Week 5, so don't expect anything to change in Jacksonville. On the other hand, the Jaguars have scored 90 points in their past two games. Blake Bortles is tossing touchdowns at will this season, and with the Falcons lacking a pass rush, he should be able to find Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns down the field. Julius Thomas has also found the end zone four straight weeks, and his speed at the tight end position could present some serious issues. Maybe Atlanta's offense is able to get back on track against a Jaguars defense that allows 27.5 points per game, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Falcons 13, Jaguars 14
I'm normally a very optimistic person. I try to see the positive in things and give people (and teams) the benefit of the doubt. Clearly, that has not worked out well for me this season as a Falcons fan. In the interest of preserving my own sanity - and liver - I'm predicting a close, heart-breaking loss. I hope my team can win, but I'm at the point of no return. I'm emotionally preparing myself for every remaining game to be a new low in the hopes that this team can surprise me and lift my spirits - if only just once more. If not, at least I have my unhinged alcoholism to cling to.
Falcons 12, Jaguars 27
Before the season started, a game against Jacksonville was considered an automatic win. After Atlanta's historic collapse, I can only see the Falcons winning if the Jaguars fail to show up. The Falcons do not score points. They do not make plays on defense. Their only potential shot at adding one more win this season is if the Panthers rest their starters, and even that win would be far from a guarantee.
Jaguars 26, Falcons 20
Only three weeks left to endure the most depressing Falcons offense (excluding 2013) since Joey Harrington was trying to salvage his career. Atlanta couldn't be more vanilla offensively, especially with the offensive line struggling to open holes for Devonta Freeman. Jacksonville is starting to put together one of the most explosive offenses in the league, along with an opportunistic defense. It's amazing how circumstances can change so drastically without neither team suffering from any major injuries. Julius Thomas is going to be a matchup nightmare against Atlanta's slow linebackers and safeties, especially with William Moore done for the season. Kemal Ishmael was picked on repeatedly last year. This will be another loss for the new punchline in the NFC South. A top ten pick could be looming.
Falcons 20, Jaguars 27
The Falcons are just bad. It's difficult to point fingers at any one coach or player right now, but it's apparent that Atlanta lacks talent in just about every position group. Right now, the Jaguars are poised for the future, and the Falcons are free falling towards a top 10 pick. I'm feeling like the offense will make a slight improvement this week, but the Jags are on fire and Atlanta's defense is looking shaky. Hopefully we can get out of this game with Matt alive and breathing.
Jaguars 35, Falcons 24
The optimist in me is officially dead and buried for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Jaguars 31, Falcons 12
The Jags have been gaining offensive momentum. Blake Bortles is playing well, and they've got a couple of quality receivers in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. T.J. Yeldon is injured, but Denard Robinson could be handful for the Falcons. Julius Thomas presents matchup problems for an Atlanta defense that struggles to cover tight ends. Atlanta's offense can't seem to get anything going. I just don't see the Falcons coming away with a win this week, or next week, or the following week. Everything is terrible.