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NFL Betting - Denver at Jacksonville

NFL betting handicappers will have a big challenge in evaluating the prospects of the Broncos and Jaguars as they meet in their NFL gambling opener at Jacksonville.

NFL betting news has been all about injuries that have decimated the Denver roster during preseason while Jacksonville faces a do or die NFL gambling season for 2010.

The Jacksonville Jaguars opened as 2.5-point home favorites over the Denver Broncos at with an over under of 39.5.  Kickoff is at 1:05 PM Eastern.

Denver’s offense was hit particularly hard by injuries during training camp.  Wideout Demaryius Thomas, running backs Correll Buckhalter, Knowshon Moreno, and LenDale White, offensive linemen Ryan Clady and Chris Kuper, and tight ends Daniel Graham and Richard Quinn spent most of summer camp off the field and in the trainer’s room.

Most will be available for this week with the probable exception of Thomas but their ability to play at 100 percent is highly questionable.  “We may not be in midseason form on September 12, but it doesn’t matter,” said head coach Josh McDaniels.  “We can’t take a mulligan.”

Denver has lost 4 out of their last 6 games with the NFL odds as an underdog with 4 of those games going under the total.  Although backup quarterback Tim Tebow garnered most of the preseason attention, starter Kyle Orton had a strong training camp.  Along with Brady Quinn McDaniels likes all 3 of his signal callers.

“We’ve got three that we like,” said McDaniels.  “We’ve got three that can move the ball and three guys that know our offense.”

Jacksonville has been a most alarming 1-13 with the NFL lines as a favorite and has failed to cover 6 consecutive games as a chalk.  Just 2 out of their last 8 games as a favorite have gone under the total.

QB David Garrard and head coach Jack Del Rio face the proverbial fork in the road for 2010 as this franchise that is struggling at the gate and with the balance sheet needs a playoff run.  The Jags also need an improved pass rush after compiling just 14 sacks last year.

Jacksonville has won and covered 3 out of the last 4 NFL betting matchups in their head to head series with Denver as 3 of those games went under the total.  The two teams last met in 2008 and the Jaguars scored a 24-17 road win as the game went under the total.