NFL Odds Peg Jaguars as Dogs vs. Redskins: Worth a Look?

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:19 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 7:19 PM UTC

Week 1 didn't go so well for either the Redskins or Jaguars, but one of these teams will get a win this weekend to get back to .500. Are we going to be backing Robert Griffin III at home, or rolling with Chad Henne and the Jaguars for our NFL picks?

* * U P D A T E * *

Wherever we look, the Redskins are favored by an even six points, with the total at 43 points.

Both teams lost Week 1, and didn't look good in the process. Washington could only muster up six points in a road defeat in Houston, while Jacksonville coughed up a 17-point lead to lose 34-17 to Philadelphia.

Injury wise, the Redskins won't have tight end Jordan Reed, while Kedric Golston (doubtful) and Brian Orakpo (questionable) could miss out this weekend too. For Jacksonville, top wideout Cecil Shorts is considered doubtful.

When it comes to placing our final NFL picks for this Week 2 game in the nation's capital, we don't feel comfortable in either side. There are much better plays on the board this weekend.

However, we do have a lean on Jacksonville, as we feel it's probably in our best interest to take the points in this matchup of two underwhelming teams. 

NFL Picks: Jaguars +6

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* * O R I G I N A L * *

It didn't take long for the NFL betting spread for this Week 2 tussle to move.

At the beginning, Washington was favored on the NFL odds by a touchdown, but now the spread is down to six already. Clearly the public isn't too convinced that the Redskins deserve to be such heavy favorites.

There's been movement with the total too, as the opening O/U of 45 has moved down to 43.5.

Washington in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -11.0 margin of victory

Jacksonville in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -17.0 margin of victory

Washington's Week 1 showing left a lot to be desired. The Redskins only mustered up six points in total against the Texans.

Robert Griffin III was efficient for the most part, completing 29-of-37 attempts for 267 yards, but only led the team to one touchdown and he did fumble twice, losing one. Alfred Morris ran 14 times for 91 yards, while Niles Paul, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson totaled 225 receiving yards in the loss.

Despite a pretty solid defensive showing, The Redskins can't be happy with their offensive execution, and they'll look to fare better in that department in Week 2 against Jacksonville.

The Jaguars were on their way to what would have easily been the biggest shock win of the week. However, after going up 17-0, Jacksonville coughed up 34 unanswered points to lose by 17. It looked like it'd be an easy cover for Jaguars backers, but it ended in heart-break.

Chad Henne ended up with 266 passing yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Allen Hurns. Marqise Lee also helped make up for the absence of Cecil Short II, catching six balls for 62 yards.

Despite letting a lead shatter into pieces like that in Week 1, Jacksonville should at least be encouraged by a fast start out of the gates. The Jaguars will be liking their chances of at least being competitive with an unconvincing Washington team.

You'll have to come back to this page later in the week to see where we end up going with our NFL picks. Right now, though, we like the look of Jacksonville at that kind of underdog number.

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