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How To Bet On Giants Jaguars – New Look Jaguars Look For Strong

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/8/2012 6:20:27 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a franchise in transition over the past 12 months. New owner Shad Khan brought in a new head coach in Mike Mularkey as well as some key player additions on both sides of the ball to help the Jaguars turn things around following a 5-11 season. Mularkey’s biggest job will be to develop second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert in to a legitimate NFL quarterback after he struggled mightily when he was thrown in to the fire as a rookie a year ago. Free agent addition Chad Henne will start the preseason at No. 2 on the depth chart, with Gabbert at No. 1 as he gets his first game action of the new year on Friday when Jacksonville hosts the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in its exhibition opener.

New York Giants @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Friday August 10, 2012 – 7:30 PM ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
NFL Betting Line: Jacksonville Jaguars – 2

While it may seem at first glance like a tough matchup, the Jaguars are fortunate to open their preseason against a team that won’t have much to play for. Coming off their second Super Bowl win in five seasons, there isn’t a lot to be decided for the Giants in a game that head coach Tom Coughlin will have mostly depth players on the field for.

NFL Betting Preview: New York Giants

The biggest challenge for New York in the preseason will be getting through it without any significant injuries to key players. The Giants hit their stride after barely squeezing in to the playoffs late last season, and after adding another Vince Lombardi trophy to the collection will be among the sports betting Super Bowl favorites once again. Coughlin and his staff focused on offense in the draft, using all but one of their seven picks on that side of the ball. First round pick running back David Wilson will see his first game action behind veteran Ahmad Bradshaw in this one, while second round pick wide receiver Rueben Randle gets his first chance to show what he brings to the table with veteran David Carr likely taking the majority of snaps under center.

NFL Betting Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

There is much more work to do in Jacksonville with so many young faces projected to take on big roles with the team, including rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who missed a good portion of camp while working on contract details after being drafted fifth overall. Blackmon has practiced this week and should be on the field a lot with Gabbert and Henne, as well as veteran free agent addition receivers Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans. The Jaguars are hoping that second round pick Andre Branch could stick as part of the rotation at defensive end after the defense finished 25th in the NFL in sacks. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew remains out as he holds for a new contract, so look for Rashad Jennings, Greg Jones, and Montell Owens to get a ton of touches.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

With all of the moves they made in the offseason, the Jaguars could be among the biggest surprises heading in to this year. Of course, much of that potential hinges on the play at quarterback with Gabbert attempting to prove he can handle the starting job in his second year. However, with Henne pushing for snaps and a ton of new talent at wide receiver, there is potential for this team to surprise and exceed sportsbook expectations in 2012. The Giants main focus will be on getting through this game healthy, so it’s reasonable to think that Jacksonville will play with much more urgency and pace to give their fans a reason to cheer.

NFL Betting Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars


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