Betting Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) are set to welcome back a familiar face this weekend, as Doug Pederson and his Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) will look to give the Birds their first loss of the season at The Linc at 1 PM.
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Eagles vs. Jaguars (Sunday, 1 PM)
|Eagles||-6.5 (-110)||-260||O 45.5 (-110)|
|Jaguars||+6.5 (-110)||+220||U 45.5 (-110)|
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Even though the Jags have outscored their opponents 72-10 over the past two weeks, they’ll enter Sunday’s contest as 6.5-point underdogs. The undefeated Eagles look like the best team in football at the moment and the odds reflect that.
Jacksonville and Philly have matched up with each other six times since the Jags’ conception in 1995. The teams have split their series 3-3, with the Eagles winning the past three matchups.
Eagles Player Props
- Jalen Hurts passing yards: UNDER 246.5 (-115)
- Jalen Hurts rushing yards: OVER 49.5 (-115)
- Miles Sanders rushing yards: OVER 63.5 (-110)
- AJ Brown receiving yards: UNDER 71.5 (-115)
The forecast for Sunday’s game in Philly is not favorable for Hurts and the Eagles passing game. With rainfall expected all day and wind gusts estimated to get as high as 20 MPH, expect Shane Steichen to dial up a heavy dose of the run game.
Both Hurts and Sanders should be able to hit their over/under total, despite facing the best run defense in the game. Regardless of the stats, the Eagles can pound the rock against any defense. Don’t fool yourself. Last season, the Eagles faced New Orleans in Week 11, the best run defense in the league at the time. Philly racked up 242 yards on the ground and put a beatdown on the Saints.
On the receiving end of things, the Jags are susceptible to the pass. They’ve allowed 251.7 passing yards per game this year, 21st in the NFL. Brown is certainly capable of dicing up this Jags secondary, but I expect the game plan to lean heavily on the running game, which is why I’m taking the under on Brown’s yardage total.
Eagles Anytime TD Scorer
- Jalen Hurts: -105
- AJ Brown: +115
- Miles Sanders +125
- DeVonta Smith: +140
- Dallas Goedert: +185
- Kenneth Gainwell: +275
I expect the Eagles to dial up the run as much as possible on Sunday, so I’m all in on Hurts, Sanders, and Gainwell finding the end zone.
I wouldn’t put money all three, though. The safest bet is Hurts; he leads the team in rushing touchdowns and is a threat to scramble in whenever the team gets to the goal line. If you’re feeling a little frisky, Gainwell at +275 is a sneaky good bet. He hasn’t scored since Week 1 but without Scott in the lineup this week, he should see a heavier workload and more touches around the end zone.
First TD Scorer
Dallas Goedert was the first Eagle to reach the end zone last week and his odds to do it again this week sit at +1000. I wouldn’t try to argue against that bet if you’re feeling confident in it, but I’m going to go with Sanders as the first TD scorer this week at +750.
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