NFL football gambling surprises continue from Jacksonville as the Jaguars have emerged as the top team in the AFC South and as an attractive force with the odds NFL.
The AFC South leading Jacksonville Jaguars will host the upstart Oakland Raiders in a key conference matchup that will be telecast on CBS with a start time of 1 PM ET. Jacksonville opened at Sports Gambling as a 5 point home favorite with an over/under of 43.
Oakland has a NFL gambling record of 6-6 straight up and 7-5 against the spread with 7 of their 12 games going over the total. The Raiders are coming off an impressive 28-13 payout at San Diego as 12.5 point dogs to close within 2 games of AFC West Division leading Kansas City.
Oakland snapped a 2 game losing streak has won 4 of their last 6 games. The Raiders are much improved on defense as they rank 13th in the NFL while the offense features the 3rd ranked rush attack.
Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski go back and forth as starters as neither has played well enough to own the job. Darren McFadden has 870 yards rushing and 7 TD’s.
Jacksonville has a record of 7-5 straight up and 8-4 with the NFL betting lines as 9 of their games have gone over the total.
After a 3-4 start that had coach Jack Del Rio on the hot seat the Jags have responded with 4 wins in their last 5 games including last week’s 17-6 payout at Tennessee as they took over sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
Maurice Jones-Drew leads the NFL’s 2nd rank rush attack with 1177 yards and quarterback David Garrard has 1982 yards passing with far fewer mistakes than in previous seasons. The defense continues to be inconsistent and ranks 24th for points allowed.
Jacksonville faces a potentially ornery and dangerous Raiders team that can pull off upsets against the top teams in NFL football gambling as proven last week. The Jaguars are playing with more consistency but cannot afford a letdown as they lack the depth to get away with an off week.