Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers preview

Dave Gray (@djg23) believes this one is almost too close to call and could come down to which of the star running backs performs best

This one sees a battle of two young backup quarterbacks that some would argue are outperforming their more experienced and certainly higher paid number ones.

Gardner Minshew, a sixth round rookie, has been something of a revelation since taking over from the injured Nick Foles. He led a big comeback in their last game against the Broncos and there is already talk about whether Foles will ever get the job back that he held for less than a quarter.

Kyle Allen has also been impressive since taking over from Cam Newton. He is completing over 70% of his passes and is yet to throw an interception this season. It is making things a lot easier for the Panthers to hold Newton out until he is fully fit.

The pair of quarterbacks are arguably getting their toughest tests yet against two very good defences. This one may come down to which of them can handle the likes of Luke Kuechly, Brian Burns, Calais Campbell and Josh Allen breathing down their necks.

This game also sees a battle of two players leading the way in the race for the rushing title. Christian McCaffrey is leading the way on 411 yards – he has another 218 through the air – with Dalvin Cook the only man separating him from Leonard Fournette in 404 yards. This game could well come down to which of these two can get going on the ground.

Ones to Watch

Panthers: Christian McCaffrey – He is the Panthers offence right now. Everything runs through him and he may be the most important non-quarterback in the league right now

Jaguars: Leonard Fournette – he had an incredible 225 yards against the Broncos and will need another big performance here

Score Prediction

Jaguars 21 Panthers 22

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