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Thursday Night Football Showdown: Saints vs. Jaguars at the Caesars Superdome

by Moxieplay
Preview TNF 10_19_23

The New Orleans Saints are set to make their Thursday Night Football home debut on the NFL’s Amazon Prime Video package as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 19th at the Caesars Superdome.

Currently leading the AFC South with a record of 4-2, the Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off an impressive 37-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Stadium. They managed to score two touchdowns through the air and two on the ground while intercepting Colts QB Gardner Minshew three times. Notably, both the Jaguars and the Saints’ defenses are tied for second in the NFL with eight interceptions.

The Week 7 injury status of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who suffered a knee injury in the previous game, remains uncertain, and we may have to wait until game day for more information, according to Jacksonville head coach Doug Pederson.

On the other hand, the Saints are coming off a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Quarterback Derek Carr had an impressive performance, accumulating 353 passing yards by completing 32 of 50 passing attempts with one touchdown. This marked one of Carr’s top-ten yardage outputs as a pro and his 35th career game with over 300 passing yards. Despite gaining 430 yards, securing 24 first downs, and converting 40 percent of third-down attempts, the Saints struggled in the red zone, failing to score a touchdown on three trips.

In the history of their series, the Saints have maintained an upper hand against the Jaguars in regular-season matchups. They have won the last four contests and hold an overall 5-2 lead. The first-ever meeting between these two teams occurred in 1996 at the Superdome, with the Saints prevailing 17-13. Subsequent matchups saw the Saints win in 1999 (41-23) and 2003 (20-19) at Jacksonville, but the Saints hosted the Jaguars in 2015, 2007, and 1996, while the Jaguars hosted the other four encounters in 1999, 2003, 2011, and 2019.

Notably, in their October 13, 2019 meeting at TIAA Bank Field, the Saints secured a 13-6 victory with strong defensive performances, including two sacks by DE Cameron Jordan and an interception by CB Marshon Lattimore. This marked the first time since 2017 that the Saints’ defense didn’t surrender a touchdown, and they clinched the win with a fourth-quarter touchdown led by QB Teddy Bridgewater.

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