The Jacksonville Jaguars are finally turning to gifted rookie Blake Bortles in an attempt to shake off their doldrums and take down Philip Rivers and the impressive San Diego Chargers in a week 4 pairing that looks more like a mismatch than an actual matchup to me.
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— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 25, 2014
The Week 4 NFL spread betting odds have the Chargers favored by 13.5 points at home, vs the Jags, where they will look to win their third game in a row after losing their regular season opener.
Jacksonville at San Diego
Date: Sunday, Sept. 28
Start time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: San Diego, CA.
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
TV info: CBS
Live stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: Jaguars broadcasts here. Chargers broadcast here.
Spread: San Diego -13.5
Now, let’s take a look and find out which team is going to cash in for NFL betting ticket this coming weekend.
NFL Spread Betting Odds Preview – Jaguars at Chargers
Jacksonville got pounded unmercifully in their 44-17 Week 3 loss to Indianapolis as a 6-point home underdog, but some good came out of their defeat.
Trailing 30-0 at halftime, head coach Gus Bradley finally benched mediocre veteran Chad Henne in favor of Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in this year’s NFL draft.
Bortles performed solidly in completing 14 of 24 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In comparison, prior to his benching Henne went 4 of 7 for just 33 yards while being sacked three times. Bradley announced after the game that Bortles would start this contest.
"It was definitely good to get some game action before you go into the week of practice," Bortles said. "So I mean kind of taking it one day at a time, try to learn from everything, every experience, situation you get put in and move on."
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 25, 2014
"I just love his mindset," Bradley said. "I love the strength that he has. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor and he will attack. And the team felt that part of it. It’s no coincidence that all of a sudden we blocked a little bit better and the receivers played a little bit better. He has a way to uplift people and uplift the team."
Jacksonville will still have its work cut out to beat the Chargers as they rank 30th in scoring (14.7 ppg) and dead last in points allowed (39.7 ppg).
San Diego is coming off solid 22-10 win over an improved Buffalo Bills team in Week 2 that helped them cash in as a 2.5-point road dog and move to 3-0 ATS on the season.
Rivers completed 18 of 25 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Bolts to victory over the Bills.
Rivers has been masterful in spreading the ball around this season.
Six different Chargers have caught at least six passes this season from the No. 4 pick of the 2004 draft. Rivers has five touchdown passes and no interceptions on the season. Rivers is also completing a blistering 74.2 percent of his passes this season.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) September 25, 2014
"We’re all unselfish, we all try to come in and do our job," receiver Keenan Allen said. "Whoever Phil hits, pretty sure he’s going to hit the right guy so we just go with it and try to win the game."
The Chargers will be without linebacker Manti Te’o, who shares the team lead in tackles (18) but fractured his right foot last Sunday.
My Pick: The Chargers certainly weren’t exactly overpowering in their Week 3 win over Buffalo, but they were solid on both aides of the ball against a Bills team that looks like it’s a bit better than anyone expected coming into the season.
Still though, the Chargers are the easy pick in this contest with Jacksonville going 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and a discouraging 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
The Chargers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and an incendiary 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games in the month of September.
With the favorite in this series going 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Chargers are the easy pick to win and cash in here. I don’t know how else to say it, but I fully expect Philip Rivers to lead San Diego to an emphatic home win in this Week 4 matchup.