This Sunday the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Oakland Raiders. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at EverBank Field and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have Jacksonville as a 1-point home favorite with the total at 47 points. Click here for more free NFL betting advice and game odds.
Raiders vs Jaguars Vegas Odds Preview
Oakland (4-2) comes into this game off an ugly 10-26 loss at home to the Chiefs. The Raiders managed just 3-points after taking the opening drive in for a touchdown. They were outgained on the game 406 to 285.
Jacksonville (2-4) will be looking to build on a thrilling 17-16 win at Chicago. The Jaguars looked dead in the water trailing the Bears 0-13 going into the 4th quarter. The offense caught fire with 3 scoring drives of 60+ yards to secure the win.
Free Pick & Point Spread Predictions: Jags -1
Even after getting dominated on both sides of the ball, the public still loves this Raiders team. They aren’t about to jump off the bandwagon with Oakland basically in a pick’em against the Jags. I was on the Chiefs last week against the Raiders and would lean Jacksonville here.
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I’m just not buying Oakland being as good as people think. The thing is there was all kinds of hype around the Raiders coming into the season. It appears they are living up to at 4-2, but they could just as easily be 0-6. Oakland has lost the yardage battle in every single game this season. Let’s also not overlook the fact their 4 wins are against the Saints, Titans, Ravens and Chargers. Not a single one of those teams have a winning record.
I know the Jaguars were in the same boat with the Raiders coming into the season. The difference is they haven’t been able to produce results. I still think there’s some really good talent on this team. They are more than capable of beating the Raiders on their home field.
My biggest thing with Oakland is they don’t play defense. They are 30th against the run (132.2 ypg) and 32nd against the pass (312.7 ypg). The Raiders are giving up 444.8 ypg on the season. The next worse team is the Colts at 411.2 and after that it’s the Browns at 403.3 ypg. That tells you just how bad they are playing on this side of the ball.
When you can’t stop the opposing team from moving up and down the field, it’s hard to win on the road. There’s every reason to believe the Jags 29th ranked offense will have success in this game.
I also don’t think people realize how well Jacksonville’s defense has been playing. They are 8th in total defense, ranking in the top half against both the run (14th) and the pass (8th).
This is also a bad spot for Oakland. The Raiders have to travel across the country for an early start time. I think there’s a good chance they come out flat after playing 2 straight at home against division foes.
Oakland is just 6-17 ATS in their last 23 road games after winning 4 or 5 of their last 6 games. We also find a strong system backing the Jaguars. Favorites who have covered the spread in 2 of their last 3 games, who have won 25%-40% of their games against a team with a winning record are 42-14 (75%) ATS since 1983.