Jaguars Game Sunday: Jaguars vs. Commanders odds and prediction for Week 1

Washington Commanders fans at The Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Commanders fans at The Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have the chance to test their offseason acquisitions when they visit the Washington Commanders at FedExField in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson has experience facing off the Commanders, having to face them twice a year during his stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, many things have changed since then.

Carson Wentz is in as the quarterback in Washington, and he arguably has a better supporting cast than the one he had with the Indianapolis Colts last year.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin gives Wentz a bonafide No. 1 receiver while running back Antonio Gibson could give Jacksonville’s run defense a headache if he can hold onto the ball. On defense, the Commanders have a stout defensive front even without Chase Young, who landed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and will miss the first four games of the season.

But is that enough to help Washington beat the Jaguars in the season opener? Glad you asked, here are the odds for the game and a final score prediction.

Jaguars vs. Commanders Week 1 odds

Betsided has the Jags as a 3.5-point underdog with a moneyline of +138. Place a wager of $100 on Jacksonville and if they beat the Commanders, you will win $138 for a total payout of $238.

On the other hand, Washington’s moneyline currently sits at -164. To win $100, you have to bet $164. The over/under for the game is set at 43.5.

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Jaguars vs. Commanders Week 1 final score prediction

This one will be at FedExField, so the Commanders will have a slight advantage by virtue of playing on their home turf. Also, Washington’s front four could give the Jags’ offensive line fits, which could in turn make it difficult for Trevor Lawrence to throw the ball.

To make matters worse, the Jags might struggle to run the ball but if the offensive line gives Lawrence just enough time to throw, they should be able to gain yards steadily. On defense, Jacksonville should have the edge. They are well acquainted with Carson Wentz and Pederson’s insight into his tendencies should also help during the game-planning stage.

Ultimately, Week 1 will feature a close matchup but the Jaguars will come out of FedExField with their first victory of the season and the second one in a row dating back to last year’s finale.

Final score: Jaguars 23 – Commanders 20

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