Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds Preview
The last couple of seasons haven’t be easy for Jaguars fans as the team followed up a 5-11 campaign in 2011 with a 2-14 mark last year. With no impact players added in the draft or through free agency, the Jaguars’ struggles are likely to continue into the new season.
It is hard to find many positives in a 2-14 SU season. The Jaguars did finish a somewhat respectable 7-9 ATS, but ended the season on an 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS skid. In a year with no big playmakers sitting at the top of the draft, the Jaguars had to settle for filling a need in drafting Luke Joeckel, an offensive tackle who should help Jacksonville’s abysmal offensive line.
When workhorse running back Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an injury last season, any chance the Jaguars had to compete on a week to week basis went down with him. The Jags finished 30th in rushing with just 85.6 rushing yards per game, which should improve tremendously if Jones-Drew stays healthy this season.
But while the running game should be better, will the passing game be? Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert are sharing first-team reps in training camp and competing for the starting job, but neither appears to be a viable long term option. Jacksonville averaged just 14.1 points per game in nine games with Gabbert under center last year, doing a bit better with Henne averaging 18.3 PPG when a shoulder injury ended Gabbert’s season.
Who starts at quarterback won’t really make much of a difference if the defense doesn’t miraculously improve overnight. The Jaguars finished 30th in the league in total defense, allowing 383.4 yards per game and 27.8 points per game. New head coach Gus Bradley comes from a defensive background, but will have his work cut out for him turning this unit around.
This season will be less about winning games and more about determining who fits into the long term plans in Jacksonville.
AFC South Odds at Bovada as of July 28
Houston Texans -225
Indianapolis Colts +240
Tennessee Titans +750
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500