Preseason NFL Betting: Bortles Will Build Off Strong First Preseason Game
Blake Bortles was the first quarterback taken in this year's draft, and so far through one preseason game it looks as if the Jacksonville Jaguars made the right call as the rookie completed seven-of-11 passes for just over 100 yards. This coming Thursday Bortles and the Jaguars will take on the Chicago Bears, a traditional team that has turned more offensive than defensive-minded in recent years, making it likely Bortles has a strong second outing and further makes his case to be the team’s starting quarterback.
Players We're Watching
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars- Bortles' rookie debut could hardly have gone better, but the rookie still has a long way to go and this second preseason game will be a telling one. If he continues to look the part of a franchise signal caller in the preseason it's more likely he'll get a start early in the season, but if he tapers off and shows he's in fact not ready for the spotlight he could be buried on the depth chart like originally planned.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears- Martellus Bennett was a nice surprise for the Bears last season as the veteran tight end set career highs in receptions, targets, and yards, and was a dangerous third option for quarterback Jay Cutler. Bennett has been reinstated by the Bears after being suspended for a scuffle in practice, but if he can prove last season was no fluke this is a Bears offense that could be one of the best in the entire league with Bennett showing the potential to double his five touchdowns from last year.
Preseason Coaching Trends
Both Gus Bradley of the Jaguars and Marc Trestman of the Bears are entering their second NFL season as a head coach, and neither seemed to care all that much about preseason games last year as Trestman went 2-2 and Bradley 1-3 in the early season scrimmages. This year may be a bit different, however, as both teams won their first preseason game with the Bears putting up 34 points on the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jaguars scoring 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bears were impressive in their first preseason game as they had two quarterbacks pass for over 100 yards, neither being starter Jay Cutler. The Bears offense is built to move the ball down the field, and against a rebuilding Jaguars defense they very well could repeat their performance against the Eagles and score a total of four offensive touchdowns. The only thing stopping the Bears from an easy victory will be their defense, which struggled at times last week but ultimately held an explosive Chip Kelly offense to just one touchdown. The Jaguars have a quietly good first-team offense, but it's not on the same level as the Bears' which is why Trestman should remain undefeated in the 2014 preseason.