The 2020 season shapes up as a particularly critical one for Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, as another losing season will almost assuredly cost him his job. Marrone does have some talented young players at his disposal, but he also stands to lose nearly all defensive starters from their days of ferocity via trade. Jacksonville also has a tall order within the AFC South, with the Titans, Colts and 2019 division-champion Texans all arguably having an overall talent advantage. The Jaguars odds at most sportsbooks reflect that.
Jacksonville Jaguars Week 2 odds
The Jaguars shocked the football world in Week 1 with a 27-20 win against the Colts as seven-point underdogs. QB Gardner Minshew was a super efficient 19-20 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Mississippi Mustache will look to repeat his stellar Week 1 on the road against the Titans; Jacksonville opened as 11-point underdogs.
Undrafted rookie RB James Robinson played well in the running game with 62 yards on 16 carries (and added a 28-yard reception). Robinson may have done just enough to take over a wide-open backfield, but he will need another solid performance if the Jags want to pull off another upset. The Titans showed some susceptibility in run defense as RB Melvin Gordon ran for 78 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.
Preseason expectations were extremely low for a young Jacksonville defense, but they showed up late in the fourth quarter, holding the Colts to an interception and a turnover on downs on Indy’s final two drives. They face a stiff test against 2019’s rushing champ Derrick Henry, who gained 116 yards on a whopping 31 carries Week 1 in Denver.
Jaguars futures odds
Jaguars Super Bowl odds
Jacksonville takes the crown for steepest odds to win Super Bowl LV at +20000. The full expectation for the Jaguars was to “Tank for Trevor” (Lawrence, that is). The concern comes at the seeming lack of weapons and the mass exodus of the stud defensive unit from 2016 that was concluded with Yannick Ngakoue being traded to the Vikings. It doesn’t help that even if the Jags pull off the improbable and win their division, they have to go through defending champion Kansas City and the overpowered Ravens to even get there.
AFC South odds
Oddsmakers saw Jacksonville’s Week 1 upset of Indianapolis as a fluke rather than a sign of a blossoming team; the Jaguars still sit at the bottom in terms of odds to win the division at +1600. It’ll likely take three or four wins (or at least one more in-division win) for the needle to move on Jacksonville.
2020 Jacksonville Jaguars schedule and betting odds
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Indianapolis||Colts -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||at Tennessee||Titans -11|
|Week 3||Thursday, Sept. 24||8:20 p.m. ET||vs. Miami||Jaguars -1.5|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 p.m. ET||at Cincinnati||Bengals -3.5|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 11||1:00 p.m. ET||at Houston||Texans -9.5|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Detroit||Lions -2.5|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 25||BYE|
|Week 8||Sunday, Nov. 1||4:05 p.m. ET||at LA Chargers||Chargers -8.5|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 8||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Houston||Texans -6|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 15||1:00 p.m. ET||at Green Bay||Packers -12.5|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 22||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Pittsburgh||Steelers -8.5|
|Week 12||Sunday, Nov. 29||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Cleveland||Browns -6.5|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 6||1:00 p.m. ET||at Minnesota||Vikings -11.5|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Tennessee||Titans -6.5|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||at Baltimore||Ravens -18|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Chicago||Bears -6.5|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 3||1:00 p.m. ET||at Indianapolis||N/A|
How to bet on the Jaguars
A moneyline bet is simply a bet on what team will win a game outright, with margin of victory irrelevant to whether the bet is a winner. An example of a moneyline bet would be as follows: Say the Jaguars and Titans are facing off in Jacksonville, and the home squad’s moneyline odds are set at +120, while the favored visitors’ moneyline odds sit at -130. A bettor placing a wager on a Jaguars upset will take home $120 for every $100 wagered if Jacksonville wins, while one placing a bet on Tennessee would take in $100 for every $130 risked if they won as the favorite.
A point spread for an NFL game is defined as the predicted minimum margin of victory for the favored team. Therefore, a point-spread wager on a favored team is successful when that team wins by more than the point spread at the time the bet was placed. Conversely, a point-spread wager on an underdog team is successful when that team either loses by less than the point spread at the time the bet was placed, or when it wins the game outright. As with moneyline bets, a point spread bet has specific payout odds for either outcome.
An example of point-spread bet would be as follows: The Jaguars are underdogs to the Texans by 9.5 points. As underdogs, Jacksonville has +130 odds of beating that spread, while Houston has -110 odds of covering. Ultimately, the Jags drop a 24-17 decision, a margin of seven points. Consequently, bettors who placed a wager on the Jaguars to cover the spread will cash a winning ticket, taking in $130 for every $100 wagered.
A totals bet is one of the more straightforward wagers available at regulated sportsbooks. In this type of bet, oddsmakers set a number for the total number of points that will be scored by both teams by the end of a game. Bettors then can wager on whether the two teams will either exceed or fall short of that total. As with moneyline and point-spread bets, a totals bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a totals bet would be as follows: The Jaguars and Colts face off and oddsmakers set a projected total of 46.5 points for the divisional clash. Jacksonville ultimately pulls out a 27-20 upset. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over therefore notch a narrow win and will take in $100 for every $110 risked.
A prop bet is one that’s based on a statistical benchmark that’s been set by oddsmakers, on either a team or individual-player level. As with totals wagers, bettors can put their money on either the Over or Under hitting. As with other types of wagers already discussed, a prop bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
Futures bets are those placed on events or contingencies that do not yet have a final outcome/result. For the NFL, futures bets are available throughout the offseason, and those that can only be settled at or past the conclusion of the regular season are typically available on an in-season basis as well.
There are a wide variety of futures wagers available at any given time. During the offseason, wagers centered on team outcomes – such as Super Bowl winner, conference winner and division winner – are particularly prevalent. Futures on projected regular-season team win totals are also popular. Player-level prop bets can fall under the umbrella of futures wagers as well when placed in the offseason or preseason.
Teaser wagers are a slightly more sophisticated type of bet, as they allow the bettor to manipulate the point spread a certain amount in either direction. Teaser bets involve two or more sporting events, and each sporting event in the teaser must have a successful outcome for the teaser bet to pay off. Teaser bets can be based on both point spread and totals. In an NFL teaser, a bettor can manipulate a spread in either direction by between four and 10 points, and a projected total by 6, 6.5 or 7 points. Odds vary depending on the amount of the movement.
2019 Jaguars Season In Review
Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-10
2019 Regular-Season ATS: 7-9 (43.8 percent)
2019 Over/Under: 8-8 (50.0 percent)
The Jaguars pinned much of their offensive hopes on a trade for veteran quarterback Nick Foles, hoping his Philly magic had much more portability at this stage of his career than when it failed to make the trip with him to St. Louis back in 2015. After seeing limited preseason action due to injury, the optimism surrounding Foles lasted just under one half in Week 1 versus the Chiefs before he suffered a broken collarbone on his first touchdown throw in his new locale.
That development ushered in the era of “Minshew Magic.” Its namesake delivered some of the customary ups and downs associated with a first-year quarterback and also ceded the job back to Foles for two games when the latter returned from injury. Minshew would be back in the driver’s seat well before season’s end, however, and finished with 3,271 yards, an impressive 21:6 TD:INT, and 344 rushing yards as well. He showed enough to lead to the trade of Foles this offseason and appeared to often provide the team with a spark Foles simply did not. Meanwhile, Leonard Fournette unequivocally corroborated his ability to serve as a three-down back, complementing a career-best 1,152 rushing yards with a whopping 76 receptions and 522 yards through the air.
For a 6-10 team, Jacksonville saw a fair share of impressive individual offensive performances from its skill players, as Minshew and Fournette weren’t the only standouts. The Jags may have also found a true No. 1 receiver for the foreseeable future in DJ Chark, A 2018 second-round pick that showed little as a rookie, Chark exploded onto the scene in 2019 with a 73-1,008-8 line across 15 games. His contributions, along with those of fellow wideouts Dede Westbrook (66-660-3) and Chris Conley (47-775-5), played integral roles in Minshew’s relatively brisk learning curve. However, the defense allowed 6,007 total yards (375.4 per game) and was a frequent liability. The team then opted to move two of the shaky unit’s best players – Bouye and Campbell – via trades this offseason and are reportedly willing to deal Ngakoue after placing the franchise tag on him.
Jaguars 2020 off-season moves
Key trades (departures): A.J. Bouye, CB (to DEN); Calais Campbell, DE (to BAL); Nick Foles, QB (to CHI)
Key re-signings: Yannick Ngakoue, DE (franchise tag);
Key free agent losses: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT (to SEA); Seth Devalve, TE (to CAR); Nick O’Leary, TE (to LVR); Marquise Lee, WR (released, subsequently signed by NE)
Key free agent signings: Joe Schobert, LB (from CLE); Tyler Eifert, TE (from CIN); Al Woods, DT (from SEA); Rashaan Melvin, CB (from DET); Chris Thompson, RB (from WAS)
Key draft picks: CJ Henderson, CB (1st round); K’Lavon Chaisson, LB (1st round); Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR (2nd round)
2020 Offseason Moves Analysis
The Jaguars are clearly in a transitional phase that perhaps can’t be labeled an outright rebuild. Nevertheless, their jettisoning of three talented veterans via trades this offseason does indicate a willingness to cut ties to players it doesn’t envision with the team long term due to contractual issues or age. On the other hand, some of Jacksonville’s free-agent signings – Schobert, Eifert and Melvin in particular – have mileage and injury issues in their own right, but they do fill areas of need for the team and are evidence the franchise isn’t diving into a full-fledged youth movement. The first two days of the draft does generate plenty of reason for optimism. Henderson and Chaisson are certainly talented enough to make immediate impacts, and there is already talk coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden have plans to potentially deploy the ultra-versatile Shenault at tight end, running back and potentially even Wildcat quarterback in his rookie season.