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NFL Odds: Sportsbooks root for Jags

A reoccurring theme is developing early in the NFL season - the sportsbooks are once again rooting heavily for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

You can expect that betting storyline to continue throughout the season. The Jaguars are the worst team in the league and everyone knows it.

Kevin Bradley, the oddsmaker at Bovada, tells OddsShark.com that his shop needs the Jaguars big on Sunday. Jacksonville is a 9-point home underdog to the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South showdown featuring two franchises headed in opposite directions.

Despite being giant underdogs, the Jaguars have yet to cover the spread this season.

Jacksonville is 6-12 against the spread as home dogs since 2011 and has failed to cover in seven of eight overall.

But the Jags have covered the spread in three of the last four meetings with the Colts, including in a 22-17 win at home over Andrew Luck and company last September. Plus, the Colts are coming off a physical win at San Francisco and now must zigzag back across the country for a 1pm ET kickoff in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars, of course, also had to deal with cross-country travel this week, after falling at Seattle. But returning home for a week instead of having to hop back on a plane does have its benefits. Will it be enough for Jacksonville to hang with the Colts? Bovada is certainly rooting for it.

The online book also is cheering for another home underdog in the Houston Texans, according to Bradley. The Texans are 2.5-point dogs to the Seattle Seahawks, who arrived with a banged-up offensive line. Both of the Seahawks’ starting offensive tackles are unlikely to play against a Houston pass rush featuring All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.

The Texans have been an excellent bet as home underdogs. They are 10-3 against the spread as home dogs since 2006. Overall, home underdogs are 8-6 against the spread this season.

But Seattle is on a ridiculous roll against the spread, covering the number in 23 of its last 30 games, including the last five. The Seahawks have covered 6 of 8 on the road.