Bet Jaguars Taking Points vs. Bears in NFL Preseason Week 2

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:39 PM GMT

After both teams got wins in Week 1 of the preseason, the Jaguars head into the Windy City to play the Bears in Preseason Week 2. The Bears are heavy NFL Odds favorites, but will they be out to win this exhibition game?

Bears QBs Stong in Week 1
Jay Cutler started the evening off well with a touchdown on a long drive halfway through the 1st quarter. Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen also showed well in the Bears’ 2nd string QB battle, and combined the three Bears were one yard short of 400 passing yards combined for the game. This week we will likely get to see a few more snaps with Cutler, and an even bigger battle between Palmer and Clausen.

Last season under Marc Trestman’s first season with Chicago Bears, Cutler played the entire first quarter in the second week of the preseason. However he played a bit more than expected in Week 1 of the preseason, and coming off of a shortened 2013 season, Trestman might be looking to get his guy some extra reps. However don’t be surprised if you don’t see Cutler more than the first quarter, because the 2nd string battle is still up in the air.

For the Bears’ defense, the starters probably won't be in the game long. Chicago will likely save most of their preseason energy for next week in Week 3, and against a team like the Jaguars, there is no need to play the starters a lot more than Chicago did last week.

 

Bortles Strong in First Pro Outing
Blake Bortles is getting paid pretty handsomely by the Jaguars for a guy that allegedly won’t start the regular season as the starter, but for this game against the Bears, it might be a good thing. The Bears are playing around with their starting safeties, but their veteran corners are set. Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman won’t be in the game long, if at all this Thursday night, but even if they do get some snaps, they’ll be going against Chad Henne.

Once Bortles gets into the game, the Bears’ first stringers will long be out of the game, and for the Jags at +4, it might just give them NFL Odds value. Bortles was 7/11 with 117 passing yards in relief of Henne in Preseason Week 1. If he can build upon that in Chicago this Thursday night, the Jags might have a pretty good shot at covering or even winning this game. The Bears are not that great when coming off a win in the preseason, especially at home.

 

The Sharp Pick
Another factor that may help the Jags is the possible return of Toby Gerhart. His presence will be big against a Bears defense that gave up the most rushing yards of any team last season, and still gave up well over four yards per carry last week against the Eagles.

The NFL Odds for this game opened up at +6 and have quickly dropped to +4 over night. However even at +4, the Jags might be the play here. I don’t expect many of the Bears’ starters to be in the game once the first quarter clock expires, and if Bortles can play well against the Bears’ second and third stringers, the Jags have value at +4 as NFL betting picks.
NFL Free Pick: Jaguars +4

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