If the Jacksonville Jaguars want to avoid starting 0-2 in the 2021 NFL season, they will need to fend off the Denver Broncos in Week 2.
Despite the fact that the Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and outside linebacker Bradley Chubb may not play, this will be a difficult matchup. Heck, the jags looked better than the Houston Texans on paper last week and still lost 37-21.
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t make too many highlight throws but he’s accurate and highly efficient. If the Jaguars’ defense wants to rattle him and force him into making mistakes, someone else besides outside linebacker Josh Allen will have to show out. On the bright side, the Jags have enough playmakers on offense to keep up with Denver. As long as they play with discipline and avoid committing costly mistakes, they should have a shot to pull the upset.
The Jaguars are currently a 6-point favorite, according to WynnBET. Their money line is set at +210. This means that if you bet $100, you will win $210. Meanwhile, the Broncos have a money line of -265. Bet $265 to win $100 for a total payout of $365. Despite the fact that the Broncos are the safest choice, the money line for Jacksonville is enticing. You should give it a shot if you think the Jags will pull the upset. Next are a few player props.
Best Jacksonville Jaguars bets for Week 2.
1. Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence passing touchdowns, over 1.5 (+110)
Against the Texans, quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdowns. On the other hand, Denver limited the New York Giants to 13 points. Nevertheless, this bet offers good value.
The Broncos could be without outside linebacker Bradley Chubb and placed cornerback Ronald Darby on the Injured/Reserve list earlier this week. Also, the Jaguars’ wide receivers have favorable matchups. Even if Lawrence doesn’t drop back as often as last week, he should still have plenty of opportunities to score.
2. Jaguars WR DJ Chark total receptions, over 3.5 (-145)
This is as safe as they come. Wide receiver DJ Chark only failed to haul in four or more receptions in five games last season. Also, he led the Jaguars’ in targets in Week 1 with 12. Although he only caught three, that number should go up against the Broncos.
The downside is that this prop is set at -145. This means that you have to bet $145 to win $100 for a total payout of $245. On the other hand, the under is +105. Place a wager of $105 to win $100 if you think Chark will catch three passes or less.
3. Jaguars RB James Robinson total rushing yards, over 39.5 (+125)
The Jacksonville Jaguars raised many eyebrows in Week 2 when they gave running back James Robinson a measly five carries. Jacksonville abandoned the run early and to make matters worse, veteran Carlos Hyde got more rushes than Robinson.
It’s unlikely that the Jaguars will once again give such a small workload to the Illinois State product. Expect them to make one of their best offensive players a big part of the game plan and give around 20-25 carries in Week 2. He should have trouble getting 40 rushing yards or more.