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Week 7 in the NFL kicks off when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to New Orleans to face the Saints on Thursday night. Jacksonville is 4-2 while New Orleans is 3-3.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was shaken up after last week's win against the Indianapolis Colts. Lawrence is currently questionable and is labeled as a game-time decision, but he and the training staff are extremely optimistic that he will be on the field.
Jacksonville has proven time and time again that they have the offense and the defense to hang with some of the better talent in the league. This Saints' defense will be a huge test, as they have been one of the best for the last few years.
New Orleans acquired Derek Carr this offseason to turn their luck around since Drew Brees retired. With Chris Olave coming on strong as their new top talent, and Michael Thomas healthy again for the first time in a while, this team has a chance to make a playoff push in a weak division.
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was suspended for the first three games of the 2023 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It is now week seven and he is back and ready to help his team for the remainder of the season.
Kamara has been the workhorse for this team for the last few years and is always a massive factor when he suits up for a game. This Jaguars defense will have a massive test when it comes to stopping every aspect of this Saints offense.
While this New Orleans offense hasn’t yet clicked on all cylinders, it seems like it won’t be long until they get churning. The Saints should be able to drive down the field and put Kamara in a position to rush in a short score.
Since returning from the suspension, Kamara has rushed 52 times for 199 yards and one rushing touchdown. He has also added 23 catches for 86 yards.
Jacksonville’s 4-2 start has come with wins over the Colts twice, Falcons, and Bills with losses to the Chiefs and the Texans. This Jaguars offense has grown more and more talented year after year.
With additions like Calvin Ridley this season and Evan Engram last season, it’s only a matter of time until this team is one of the primary contenders in the NFL. Others like Travis Etienne and Christian Kirk have also pushed this offense over the top.
While the Saints defense is typically one of the best, Jacksonville’s team has continued to stay clutch under pressure and produce big plays to collect impressive wins in 2023.
The Saint are the 24th-ranked passing defense and the 24th-ranked defense in the red zone. The Jaguars should be able to collect an impressive win on Thursday night as a short underdog.
In the 2021-2022 offseason, former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk signed a four-year, 72 million dollar contract with the Jaguars. This came as a shock to most football fans as many didn’t think he had proven to be worth top NFL wide receiver money.
In six games this season, Kirk has averaged 64 receiving yards. If it wasn’t for a week-one flop by Kirk, he would have averaged over 75 yards per game.
As we mentioned before, New Orleans defense is 24th in the league against the pass and 16th in the league in receptions given up. This means that most of the plays the Saints give are for significant yardage.
We expect Kirk to keep doing what he’s been doing and hit this over with ease as Saints stud corner Marshon Lattimore should be occupied with Calvin Ridley throughout the night.
While this game should be fairly competitive, it seems like it might be similar to most of the prime-time games that have been going on so far this season. Most Thursday night games have been low-scoring affairs.
Jacksonville has averaged 19.5 points per game while New Orleans has averaged just over 18 points per game. Both of these defenses have the ability to slow the other down in every aspect of the game.
The Saints run defense should minimize the production of Etienne while the Jaguars pass defense should do the same for receivers like Mike Thomas and Chris Olave.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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