Eagles Clear Winners vs. Jaguars in NFL Week 1 Betting Odds

Nikki Adams

Thursday, August 7, 2014 8:43 PM GMT

Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles collide win Week 1 NFL betting. Join us as we preview this highly anticipated clash and serve up our NFL betting verdict complete with our choice NFL pick for your consideration.

Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot to prove
Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot to prove this season and those expectations are going to be tested right out of the gate when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, a side coming off an NFC East winning campaign and looking to build upon it in 2014.

The Jaguars have been a non-factor in NFL betting for the past few seasons now, something they hope drafting top quarterback prospect Blake Bortles is going to change. Jacksonville enjoyed a forgettable season behind a 4-12 mark, which, funny enough, wasn’t the worst mark of the AFC South lot. That honour belonged to the Houston Texans that propped up the table behind a 2-14 season. Not being the dunce of the class is small consolation however. Fact remains they have a lot to do in order to close the gap on Indianapolis Colts in order to become a viable NFL contender. Lots of rebuilding, retooling and restructuring needs to happen, which is going to take painstaking effort and commitment over a season or two (or more) to come to fruition rather than by the injection of a few NFL draft pick scoops. (Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5 ATS in their last five September clashes).

 

Philadelphia Eagles look to build on 2013 success
The Philadelphia Eagles were the surprise of the 2013 season, not so much because of their NFC East winning campaign but because of how they did it and with which whom they did it. Chip Kelly’s explosive offense burst to life when unheralded Nick Foles assumed the starting role from Michael Vick. Foles tossed a remarkable 27 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions in ten starts, all while totting up a 9-1 record at centre with the Eagles. The Eagles went on to win the NFC East division title, only to fall narrowly 26-24 to the Saints in the playoffs.

Pessimists in NFL betting circles are quick to suggest Nick Foles is a one-hit wonder that can’t possibly reproduce his breakout season with Chip Kelly’s offensive-minded Eagles. It’s true the loss of Desean Jackson (to Redskins) is going to have an impact, but Eagles have picked up Darren Sproles, a player that along with running back LeSean McCoy could make Foles look even better this season. What’s more, restocking on defensive during the offseason will help to address some of the weaknesses revealed on that side of the ball last season.

 

NFL Betting Verdict
Jacksonville Jaguars are the biggest underdogs on the entire NFL week 1 betting board, listed at +450 NFL odds to mastermind the big upset at Lincoln Financial Field. NFL bettors won’t find a bigger road underdog than the Jaguars. By that same token, no bigger home favourite (or favourite of any kind) can be found than the Eagles are at -600 to win straight up. That broad outlook in NFL betting markets alone is telling. If that isn’t enough, bookies have installed the totals at a high of 51.5 and the spread at 11.0 points.

Simply put, bookies expect the Eagles to pick up where they left off in the 2013 regular season and the Jaguars too. We’d also wager few NFL bettors would seriously consider backing the Jaguars in this game. Granted it remains to be seen whether Chad Henne or Blake Bortles start this game. Nick Foles, however, should have the measure of either quarterback based on his production last season. There is something to be said about the Eagles defense, which could be flawed as yet, the changes needing time to come together. That gives the Jaguars an opportunity to potentially get into this game with some of their offensive weapons. But when you have a high-octane offense as the Eagles do, you can get away with a few shortcomings on defense, especially against a side that is still developing and discovering its identity. Besides, it’s highly unlikely this is going to be a shootout between Foles and Henne/Bortles. One way traffic sounds more likely, don’t you think?

For that reason, taking the Eagles to win straight up isn’t the value NFL pick; by that, we mean the return on investment isn’t going to bust the bank. Where the value is to be found is on the spread and totals, deciding whether the Eagles will indeed blow the Jaguars out of Lincoln Financial Field or whether the Jaguars will surprise NFL bettors and keep it close, if not mastermind the upset altogether (if you are so brave).

NFL Picks: Eagles to win straight at -600; Eagles to cover -11.0 (-110) and go Over 51.5 at -110

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