Expert Pick & Odds Bengals Vs JaguarsNoah Williams
Surprising Jaguars Host desperate Bengals in Week 9 Battle of AFC Playoff Hopefuls
After years of futility that basically had their seasons mathematically eliminated by mid-season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are having a surprisingly solid season as they hit Week 9 with a winning record.
After missing the postseason a year ago to snap a five-year run of reaching the playoffs, the Cincinnati Bengals are a bit desperate coming into Week nine with an uninspiring record that has them one game under .500.
Now, with both teams looking to improve their chances of reaching the playoffs in the AFC this season, let’s find out which one is offering the best value against their Week 9 NFL odds in this one. The Jaguars will host the Bengals live from EverBank Field on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET with this matchup airing on CBS.
Cincinnati Bengals Vs Jacksonville Jaguars Odds & Expert Pick
Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: EverBank Field
Stream: CBS Sports
Odds: Jacksonville -5.5
Why bet the Cincinnati Bengals Odds at +5.5
The Bengals are playing decent football having won three of their last four including last week’s narrow 24-23 win over Indianapolis.
Cincinnati has a pretty good defense that ranks an encouraging ninth in points allowed (19.3 ppg). Throw in the fact that the Bengals are playing desperation football, plus the fact that Jacksonville has a pretty mediocre quarterback in Blake Bortles and it’s easy to see why the Bengals are an attractive pick as a 5.5-point underdog.
Why Bet the Jacksonville Jaguars Odds at -5.5
The Jags are ranked a surprising eighth in scoring (26.1 ppg) and average almost nine points per game more than Cincinnati.
Jacksonville is also playing decent football right now, having won two of three including their 27-0 shutout win over Indianapolis two weeks ago. And speaking of two weeks ago, the Jags are well-rested, having gotten a bye last weekend.
Combine all of that with the fact that Jacksonville has the stingiest defense in the league in allowing just 15.7 points per contest and are looking to even their record at home against a Bengals team that something seems ‘off’ about this season and it’s no wonder 62 percent of the betting public likes Jacksonville.
Bengals Vs Jaguars Expert Pick
The Jaguars combined for a whopping 10 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles against Indianapolis two weeks ago and that they’re playing the best football we’ve seen out of the franchise in years, I’m going against the public majority that likes Jacksonville to cover the chalk in this one and backing the desperate Bengals to not only cover, but do so by winning outright!
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and a robust 9-3 ATS in their last dozen games on grass. While Jacksonville has gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, the Jags are also just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-1-3 ATS in their last five home dates against Cincinnati.
I’m going with the Bengals to get the win against the surprising Jags in this one, mostly because they’re completely desperate and I still have little to no faith in Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles.
Pick: Cincinnati +5.5