NFL gambling handicappers may take the Jaguars more seriously after their 24-17 football gambling payout against the Broncos, which was an important stepping stone.
The Jaguars will travel to San Diego this week for a matchup with the Chargers. Jacksonville opened as an 8.5–point dog at Sports-Gambling for their Sunday matchup at San Diego with an over/under of 45. Kickoff is at 4:20 PM Eastern time.
Jacksonville entered the 2010 season as a long shot with the NFL odds to make the playoffs after their December collapse of last year when they lost their final 4 games of the season after being in post season position.
The franchise has suffered from poor attendance and lack of interest and the regime of head coach Jack Del Rio has suffered a severe credibility gap. Another problem has been the perception that quarterback David Garrard has not been fully dedicated to doing his homework and preparing at all aspects of the job.
The Jaguars, Del Rio, and Garrard all worked to improve their images in the offseason and ticket sales improved. The opening day win is a first step towards maintaining credibility. Garrard was great with 3 touchdown passes and a QB rating of 138.9.
The San Diego Chargers lost a tough opening game at Kansas City 21-14 as 4-point NFL bet favorites as their game tying drive ended with an incomplete pass at the Kansas City 4-yard line. The Chargers allowed a 54-yard touchdown rush and a 94-yard punt return in the rainy game and the offense was frustrated with inconsistently.
“This team has a long way to go,” said quarterback Philip Rivers. The Chargers also miss holdout pro bowlers Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson.
The home team has covered the spread in the last 3 NFL gambling matchups between these two teams with all 3 games going over the total. Jacksonville has covered just 3 out of their last 11 road games with 3 consecutive failures against the board. The Jags have gone under the total in 8 out of their last 11 road games.
San Diego has covered just 2 out of their last 7 home games and has gone over the total in 4 out of their last 5 at home.