Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars – Player Odds from Vegas

Jul 31, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) signs autographs after the first day of training camp in pads at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

I know all of you Black and Teal readers are upstanding citizens and would never be involved with something as insidious as gambling on sports, but the prop bets Vegas puts up at the beginning of the season are always an interesting study. In general, the Jaguars have a pretty negative outlook from the national media but the odds-makers in Vegas usually have a better grasp of things than talking heads on ESPN and the like. Here are some of the more intriguing player odds:

Blaine Gabbert – How many games will he start in the 2013 Regular Season   

Over/Under                               10½

Maurice Jones-Drew – Total Rushing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season          

Over/Under                               1000½

Maurice Jones-Drew – Total Rushing Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season           

Over/Under                               6½

Maurice Jones-Drew – Will he be a member of the Jaguars for Game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?     
Yes                  +200     (2/1)
No                     -300     (1/3)

Cecil Shorts – Total Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                               900½

Cecil Shorts – Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season         

Over/Under                               6

Marcedes Lewis – Total Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season  

Over/Under                               600½

Marcedes Lewis – Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season   

Over/Under                               4½

Jason Babin – Total Sacks in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under                               9½


Let’s go through all the odds and give you my recommendations:

  • Take the over on Gabbert starting at least 11 games. The team probably won’t start Henne at any point if Gabbert is healthy, and they’ll ride Gabbert through at least ¾ of the season even if he’s bad.
  • Take the over on yards and touchdowns for MJD. He’s in a contract year and he seems pretty healthy. Put your money on “No” for MJD being a Jaguar next year.
  • I would stay away from both Shorts bets but if you’re going to do it take the over on both. Shorts is going to be the best receiver on the team but he needs to stay healthy. Concussions usually happen randomly but it’s better to be cautious.
  • Take the under on yards for Lewis but the over on touchdowns. The Jaguars utilized the tight end a lot in the red zone this preseason (see Allen Reisner) so he should get a handful of touchdowns, but not as many yards.
  • Take the under on Babin’s sack total. Ten sacks would be a lot considering how poor the Jaguars’ pass rush has been over the last several years, and Babin hasn’t looked like a double-digit sacker this preseason.

Prop bets on player number totals are tough because there’s always the risk of injury, which is why I don’t go anywhere near them. But feel free to risk a few bucks, just don’t blame me when these are all wrong.


- Daniel Lago

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