Jags Defense Key To Good Odds vs. Bills
The 2017-2018 Jacksonville Jaguars are a team of dualities, and the stark contrast between one side of the Jags’ coin and the other come into sharp relief as the team heads toward a Wild Card clash Sunday against Buffalo.
On one hand, Jacksonville has been miserably bad or just barely okay for years but now has a legitimate shot at an NFL Playoffs berth. They have unquestionably the best defense in the entire league but the lynchpin of their offense – quarterback Blake Bortles - is the NFL’s most unreliable player in that position. Lest those broad-strokes descriptions come across as mere hyperbole, the actual statistical figures back up the fluff: the Jags defense allowed a league-low 169.9 passing yards per game, whereas Bortles has his own distinction, a league-high 64 interceptions – more than any other QB since the 2014 season.
Though Bortles has had to weather the slings and arrows of hecklers online and probably in person as well, sources close to the team have indicated that the Florida native is letting the criticism (much of which, sadly, can be construed as deserved) roll off his back. That said, the Jacksonville defense is quite rightly recognized as the main source of worries for any opponent the Jaguars are likely to face – and that includes the Buffalo Bills, against which the Jags are favored -400 to +300 in terms of moneyline odds on the game. Nevertheless, Bortles did improve in 2017 over last year’s effort, and his December 2017 performance was beyond solid football, as he completed 71.4 percent of passes for 903 yards, seven TDs and not a single interception - right before he threw five INTs and dropped back to 56 percent in consecutive defeats.
Another reason Jacksonville, which has odds of +1,800 to win Super Bowl 52, one of the least likely teams on Bovada’s betting board to claim the NFL title, is the presence star RB Leonard Fournette. An addition for the current campaign, Fournette made huge strides – literally – for the Jags, becoming the organization’s first running back to rack up 1,000 yards or more since 2011, when Maurice Jones-Drew matched that feat. Fournette will likely face off against the Bill’s main ball-carrier LeSean McCoy, who suffered what turned out to be a relatively minor ankle injury (even though it looked pretty bad) in the third quarter of Buffalo’s win over Miami last weekend but nevertheless is likely going to participate in the Wild Card game.
No matter if it’s a top-tier defense or the injection of new blood in the form of Fournette, Jacksonville, which was looked at by fans, analysts and sports bettors alike as doing jack-diddly in 2017 now being looked at as a possible spoiler if they can pull off a win against Buffalo. That’s great news for Florida football fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike, and both of those parties would do well to lock in their wagers at legal offshore sports betting sites like Bovada before the betting lines close. If you want to see some good football, tune in for the game on Sunday afternoon, and if you want to cash out a good-sized winning ticket, get in on the action at Bovada.lv.
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