Jaguars Eagles Betting – Depth Helps Eagles Soar Past Jaguars
Online betting players know how tough it is to handicap preseason games, especially the first one which is basically a glorified practice for both. Jacksonville will head to Philadelphia to open up their preseason schedule, and we’re giving the edge to the Eagles because of their depth and homefield advantage.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Friday, August 13th, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- Pick: Eagles
What’s On The Line
The Jaguars came up just short of .500 last year, but we’re not sure how much they’ve improved, and word is that they may not even have their first-round pick (which they’ve taken heat for) signed in time for camp. The Eagles are heading into their first regular season since 2000 in which Donovan McNabb isn’t the starting quarterback, so we’ll see the first snaps with Kevin Kolb at the helm as the No.1 guy.
Offensive Matchups: Jaguars Eagles Betting
You won’t see a whole lot of Maurice Jones-Drew coming out of the backfield because, quite frankly, he’s the biggest offensive threat in Jacksonville and if he’s hurt, they’re in trouble. Finding a decent backup for Jones-Drew would be nice in this game, and it looks like Rashad Jennings will get the first chance. Luke McCown should be pretty safe in regards to the No.2 quarterback spot behind David Garrard, although rookie Trevor Harris should get a look as well.
Kolb won’t get much action, so we may get to see a lot of Michael Vick, who avoided discipline for an incident at his birthday party this summer. We didn’t see a lot of him last season, so maybe he’ll get a chance to be more than a Wildcat quarterback, at least in the preseason anyway. The Eagles released Brian Westbrook as well, which means the No.1 back is LeSean McCoy, while Mike Bell was brought in to push McCoy. Riley Cooper was drafted to add depth to the receivers, but he may miss this game with a hamstring injury.
Betting Edge: Eagles
Defensive Matchups: Jaguars Eagles Betting
The Jaguars picked Tyson Alalu with the 10th pick, surprising virtually everyone at the draft, and now the defensive tackle may miss camp because of a holdout situation, which would be a slap in the face of everyone who pulled to pick him. Jacksonville also picked up Kirk Morrison to play in the middle of their defense, but he won’t get much burn in this game. The same goes for end Aaron Kampman, who will try to bolster their pass rush. The Jaguars will also be keeping a close eye on the safety position, where they tried a mix of players last season.
Philadelphia took Brandon Graham with the 13th pick, and while the Eagles have good rush ends in Trent Cole and Juqua Parker, Graham can come in and be a terror on third down with his speed. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles move him back as a stand-up linebacker as well. Stewart Bradley is back, healthy and in the middle of the defense, while the team is over the shock of not having Jim Johnson as coordinator as his passing last year forced Sean McDermott into the role.
Betting Edge: Eagles
Notable Injuries: Jaguars Eagles Betting
The Jaguars are healthy, while the Eagles are looking for a new free safety after Marlin Jackson (Achilles) was knocked out for the season this spring.
Betting Edge: Jaguars
Outlook and Pick: Jaguars Eagles Betting
NFL betting odds should favor the Eagles at home, although it’s tough to gauge as you don’t know who is going to play, and for how long. We’re betting on the Eagles because we think they have the deeper team on both sides of the ball, and we’re also betting on Vick to be able to lead the Eagles to more points that Luke McCown. If he can’t, it’s not going to bode well for his chances to overtake Kolb as the starter. Go with the Eagles in your sports betting picks.