Can Jacksonville Overcome Long NFL Odds to Take Down Philadelphia, Cover Spread?Josh Bailey
The Jacksonville Jaguars will look to overcome their long odds and take down the Philadelphia Eagles when the two teams square off in their Week 1 NFL regular season opener on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
NFL Against The Spread Betting Analysis
Philadelphia (4-12 SU, 5-10-1 ATS) won each of its last two preseason contests to finish 2-2 SU and ATS while Jacksonville (10-7 SU, 8-8-1 ATS) dropped their last three preseason games to finish the scrimmage period with a 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS mark.
The Eagles have one of the game’s most explosive offenses under now, second-year head coach Chip Kelly and it showed during the preseason with Philly topping the 30-point plateau three times and scoring 28 points in the only game they didn’t.
The Jacksonville Jaguars failed to score more than 19 points in all four of their preseason games – and that’s really all you need to know about this matchup as I expect it to be over somewhere shortly after halftime, if not sooner.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 2, 2014
Philadelphia ‘s defense was almost nonexistent in their first two preseason contests as they gave up a whopping 76 combined points. However, the Birds got their act together by limiting the jets and Steelers to a combined 28 points over their last two preseason contests.
Jacksonville is apparently set to start mediocre veteran Chad Henne over gifted rookie Blake Bortles and I think that’s a mistake to be honest about it. Henne has been, still is – and will likely always be – mediocre at best. Bortles on the other hand, has already shown that he is more than competent even as a rookie signal-caller.
No matter who’s under center for the Jags, I like Philly to roll in this one and cover the spread despite having a pitiful 3-11-1 ATS mark in its last 15 home games.
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home and the Jaguars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of September.