This Sunday the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles will face at Wembley Stadium in London. Kickoff is set for 9:30 EST and will be televised on the NFL Network.
Taking a look at the Week 8 NFL odds, the books currently have the Eagles listed as a 3-point favorite with the total set for 42 points.
Eagles vs Jaguars Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds
Philadelphia is coming off a painful 21-17 loss at home to the Panthers as a 5-point favorite. The Eagles were in complete control of that game, leading 17-0 going into the 4th quarter. After the defense held Carolina in check for 3 quarters, they let the Panthers rack up 236 of their 371 total yards on their final 3 drives, all resulting in touchdowns. Philadelphia still had a legit shot of winning, as they had 1st & 10 on the Carolina 22 with 1:11 left to play.
It was even worse for the Jaguars on Sunday, who lost at home 20-7 as a 3.5-point favorite to division rival Houston. It was Jacksonville’s third straight loss and yet another dreadful performance from Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense. It got so bad, Bortles was benched in favor of Cody Kessler. Jacksonville has wasted their strong 3-1 start and now have to fight to get right just to make the playoffs.
NFL Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Eagles -3
Hard to like either side in this one with how poorly these two teams have been playing the last few weeks. If this game wasn’t being play in London, where we tend to see some higher-scoring games, I would consider the UNDER, but I don’t see any value there with the number at 42. My early lean for this game would have to be laying the 3-points with Eagles.
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I think the perception here, at least for those that like the points with the Jaguars, is there’s so much negative talk around Blake Bortles, that he’s going to come out and play like he did down the stretch of last season. It could happen, but I’m not about to risk my hard earned cash on this guy. I think Bortles’ confidence has been shattered and now he’s playing with even more pressure, knowing his job is on the line after getting benched against the Texans.
Not to mention this is a horrible matchup for Bortles and the Jaguars offense. For Bortles to be successful, he needs the running game to be working. With Leonard Fournette still out with a hamstring injury and Jacksonville facing and Eagles’ run defense that ranks 2nd in the league, giving up just 85.7 ypg, he’s going to have to throw a lot. Not to mention he’s facing a pissed off Philadelphia defense that has to feel a bit responsible for giving up 3 straight TD drives in last week’s loss to the Panthers.
As for the Eagles offense, I know the scoring hasn’t been up to the standard we expect with Carson Wentz under center. With that said, they have been able to move the ball, they just aren’t converting in the red zone like they need to and aren’t getting the big play strikes for scores.
Say what you want about how good the Jaguars defense was last year, they haven’t been the same since getting blitzed by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. They gave up 40 the next week on the road to a Cowboys offense that has the worst receiving corps in the league. They did hold the Texans to just 20 points at home, but Houston’s offense did have to settle for two field goals and were playing from ahead the entire game.
I’m not saying the Eagles’ offense is going to put up 30+ points on this defense, but I certainly think they can score enough to win here by more than just a field goal. Give me Philadelphia -3.