Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 NFL Betting Preview

 

Over the last three seasons the Jaguars have won 11 total games. Last year they were 4-12 overall and 5-10-1 against the spread. Interestingly, Jacksonville went 4-4 against the number in road games. Nine of their 16 games went over while seven were under. After starting last season 0-8, first year coach Gus Bradley used a bye week to help his team get things together and win in Tennessee. After a week 11 loss to the Cardinals, Jacksonville ran off three straight victories before dropping their last three matchups of the season. Change is underway in the Jacksonville backfield, and there are some reasons for optimism as 2014 approaches.

Over the last three seasons the Jaguars have won 11 total games. Last year they were 4-12 overall and 5-10-1 against the spread. Interestingly, Jacksonville went 4-4 against the number in road games. Nine of their 16 games went over while seven were under. After starting last season 0-8, first year coach Gus Bradley used a bye week to help his team get things together and win in Tennessee. After a week 11 loss to the Cardinals, Jacksonville ran off three straight victories before dropping their last three matchups of the season. Change is underway in the Jacksonville backfield, and there are some reasons for optimism as 2014 approaches.

The four easiest schedules in the NFL this season belong to the quartet that play in the AFC South. Because Indianapolis and Tennessee get to play the Jags and Texans twice they have softer slates. Since Houston finished behind Jacksonville the Texans get to play Buffalo, Cleveland and Oakland while the Jags take on Miami, Baltimore and San Diego. That gives Jacksonville the 29th toughest schedule in the league but the most difficult in the division. Three of their first four games are on the road this year and two are against playoff teams.

Blake Bortles was picked third overall by the Jags and there is no reason to believe he won’t beat out Chad Henne to start right away at quarterback. He’ll have weapons on the outside with the addition of Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee. Chris Clemons and Red Bryant were signed to bolster the defensive front. Some combination of Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson will replace Maurice Jones-Drew at running back. The Jaguars have some players with ability, but they are primarily young and unproven. In year two Bradley will have more of his type of roster to scheme with.

Jacksonville is 250-1 to win the Super Bowl and 110-1 to win the AFC. They may be improved and building a system but your money is better spent on PowerBall tickets or Fatheads.