Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee (10) kicks a field goal during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Underdogs Going into 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been receiving tons of positive press this offseason, but that hasn’t changed the perception of the fine folks in Vegas. Heading into training camp, the Jacksonville Jaguars are underdogs in every single game of the 2014 season.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union looked at all the lines from CG Technologies as part of his 20 questions series. Here they are:

+11 at Philadelphia

+9 at Washington

+6 vs. Indianapolis

+10 at San Diego

+6.5 vs. Pittsburgh

+7 at Tennessee

+2.5 vs. Cleveland

+4 vs. Miami

+11 at Cincinnati

+10 vs. Dallas in London

+12 at Indianapolis

+5.5 vs. NY Giants

+4 vs. Houston

+10.5 at Baltimore

+3 vs. Tennessee

+10 at Houston

As O’Halloran points out, it’s pretty odd to see the Jaguars as home underdogs versus the likes of Cleveland, Houston, and Tennessee, considering they beat all 3 teams last year. Cleveland likely won’t have their best player in Josh Gordon, Houston will be trotting out Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and Tennessee just isn’t very good.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise however, and it shouldn’t be taken as an insult either. The Jaguars were horrific through 8 games last season and they are planning on starting Chad Henne at quarterback for the foreseeable future. Vegas has no reason to look at the Jaguars favorably until they start winning some games. Fortunately, I think the Jaguars will come out of the gate strong and be significantly more competitive than they were in 2013. I would be shocked if the Jaguars aren’t favored against Cleveland the week of that game, and the same applies for their games against Houston and Tennessee.

 

– Daniel Lago

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