What can NFL bettors expect from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015-2016? Here we look at some of the NFL odds and serve up choice early bets for your NFL picks.
Jacksonville Jaguars Look To Improve
Living with Indianapolis Colts is a tall order for most teams, never mind the Jacksonville Jaguars. That's their lot though. The Colts are looking to win their third straight AFC South title when the season gets underway, and as it is they have no competition whatsoever; save perhaps the Houston Texans but they are still a long shot with no viable quarterback to lead them into the coming season.
Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished 3-13 SU last season, certainly don't even scratch the word challenger in the AFC South, let alone contender in the NFL proper. They've averaged a paltry 4.4 wins over the last five seasons and not since 2010 have they scratched the .500 mark. In fact, they took a step back last season winning one game less than they did in 2013-2014.
Still, there's a general sense of optimism about this team and second-year quarterback Blake Bortles, who showed measurably improvement down the stretch as he got more and more comfortable with his starting role and the way the game is played at the NFL level. It's going to be crucial for Bortles and the Jaguars to build on those last few weeks when they kick off 2015-2016. Importantly, they need to start winning games because the bonhomie is wearing thin.
Fortunately, they do have an advantageous NFL schedule that ranks 25th in the league and sports 0.463 winning percentage. Granted they did have the 29th toughest NFL schedule last season with a 0.453 winning percentage and could only muster up three wins. But some allowances have to be made for the fact that they had a rookie at the helm.
In 2015, Bortles comes with more experience and better offensive weapons. Does that mean the Jaguars will improve to .500 or better or do they only take a baby step forward? We're of the latter opinion.
So on to a couple of bold predictions for the Jaguars in 2015-2016, complete with NFL picks.
1. Regular Season Points Scored
The Jaguars were outscored 249-to-412 last season, marking one of the heftiest differentials of -163 on the scoreboard. Only the Tennessee Titans (-184) and Oakland Raiders (-199) sported bigger differentials. In 2015-2016, the Jaguars look to be more offensive. Indeed, the O-line appears to be the stronger side of the ball on paper. Greg Olsen has been brought in to replace Jedd Fisch as the offensive coordinator and early rumblings appear to be promising. So much so that we're going to boldly predict the Jaguars outdo themselves on the scoreboard in the coming season and score more than 290 points, which is an NFL pick at +180 at Bet365.
2. UNDER 5.5 Season Wins
Now, while there's a lot of optimism about the Jaguars with many NFL experts and analysts suggesting the Jaguars will go 7-9 or 8-8 SU this season, we're of the opinion that they'll take five or six wins at best this season. They do have the seventh easiest NFL schedule in the league. They also have made some good moves on the offensive side of the ball, but where they fall short is on the defensive side of the ball. It lacks star power and, dare we say it, depth. So while there are going to be improvements and more offense that will be registered on the scoreboard, they won't necessarily translate into the win column. So we're boldly going against the grain here and taking the Jaguars to go UNDER 5.5 with the best priced NFL odds of + 120 at William Hill.