The oddsmakers have listed the visiting Carolina Panthers as 3-point favorites when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars in NFL week 1 betting action. The game kicks off on Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015 at 1:00 PM ET from EverBank Field. It will be televised nationally on FOX and for you cord-cutters you can stream the game live on Fox Sports Go.
Carolina Panthers Vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Week 1 Odds, Who To Bet & How To Watch
Matchup: Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Sunday, Sept 13th, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Stadium: EverBank Field
Spread: Panthers -3
Game Total: 41
TV Info: FOX
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Carolina Vs Jacksonville
Why Bet On Carolina (-3) To Beat Jacksonville
They are playing the Jags! Do you need another reason?
The Panthers got into the playoffs last season because it had one of the best defenses in the NFL. Although Carolina’s defense is still very good, it’s only going to win the NFC South Division if its offense catches up with its defense.
What’s interesting about Carolina is that the offense looked great during the pre-season even though the Panthers were without WR Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is on IR, meaning that if the offense is to excel it is going to have to do so without its top wide receiver. Will it be possible for Carolina to do that? Maybe, the Panthers can.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 5, 2015
Versus Jacksonville in particular, QB Cam Newton should be able to find holes in the middle for passes to TE Greg Olsen. Olsen remains one of the top tight-ends in the NFL. Veteran Jerricho Cotchery could have a larger role in the offense as well. He’s a good wide receiver up against young Jaguar cornerbacks in this matchup.
The biggest improvement might be in Carolina’s rushing game. Now that DeAngelo Williams is at Pittsburgh, the Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart should be able to develop a rhythm. The Carolina offensive line remains powerful. It helped the running backs rack up 119 yards and a 4.1 average in a pre-season game versus Miami.
Why Bet On Jacksonville To Beat Carolina (-3)
The Jags are loaded with young talent who don’t know any better.
Based on QB Blake Bortles performance, Jacksonville is no longer going to have to look for a franchise QB. He’s playing for them right now. Bortles went 11 out of 15 versus Pittsburgh for 118 yards in the pre-season. He went 20 out of 29 versus Detroit for 245 yards and 1 touchdown in the pre-season. More impressive? Bortles didn’t throw a single interception.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 4, 2015
If Bortles can get help from a running game in this matchup, Jacksonville could have a shot at the straight up victory. The Jaguars will most likely employ a running back by committee approach with T.J. Yeldon, Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart all getting some carries in this game. Bortles finally has a decent wide receiver to throw to in Marqise Lee. Lee was one of the top receivers in the nation while at USC until he got hurt.
Carolina is a very good team, but the Panthers take on Jacksonville on the road in this matchup. QB Blake Bortles has been so impressive that it’s difficult to say that Carolina is a must to back in this contest. In fact, backing the Jaguars to upset
I am picking the Jags to suprise the league and beat the Panthers. Bet on Jacksonville at +3, but if you are feeling adventourous, back them to win straight up on the NFL week 1 betting moneyline. My final score prediction is Jacksonville 24, Carolina 21