The Jaguars are in the basement in the NFL, and even though their NFL Odds project them to be the worst team in the league this year, they finished 2013 on a high note. Can Jacksonville keep improving from their four-win season a year ago?
Super Bowl (+20,000)
Obviously if you’re betting the Jaguars to win the Super Bowl, something is incredibly wrong with you, or you like wasting money. I’m not one to judge, however touching these NFL futures picks from Bovada would be fiscal suicide. Playing the lottery would ultimately give you a better chance at winning some cash, because the only thing the Jags are winning this season are some participation awards. However, after winning only four games in 2013, the Jaguars are on the right path, and even though they are still several years away from competing for the AFC or a Super Bowl, they seem to be getting better. Last season towards the end, Jacksonville was actually playing pretty well, and if they can keep that up into this season, they are poised to improve from their 4-12 SU record.
Much like their Super Bowl price, the Jags’ NFL odds to win the conference is as untouchable as a train’s third rail. It literally might kill someone. However as most teams have tried to do in the recent past, the Jags are rebuilding their defense before focusing too much on offense. It looks like it might work out as well. Second-year head coach Gus Bradley recruited two of his old players, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant from Seattle this offseason, and both will be welcome additions to this defensive front. Even though their offense might be one of the worst in the NFL, the Jags have made it their mission to try and improve on defense instead. They probably realized that their defense would be out on the field a lot this season with either Blake Bortles or Chad Henne under center. Even though they might not be that great, they could hold some ATS value as betting picks once the season starts.
AFC South (+1400)
Even though they play in the worst division in football, the Jags still don’t have much of a shot to upset the Colts this season. However even though you won’t find value with them this offseason, doesn’t mean they won’t have value at all this season. Jacksonville finished 2013 losing three straight games ATS, however in Weeks 10-14, the Jags went 4-1 ATS, coincidently winning those four games SU as well. This was ironically all without their star receiver, Blackmon, whose suspension was announced right before the winning streak started. If the Jags are undervalued like this for a stretch to start the season, it might be a great time to make some money off people who just assume they are going to be terrible. They very well might be terrible, however you can make money off of terrible teams. The Jags’ recent past is still very fresh in the public’s mind, and if they can at the very least play solid defense, they may have a chance to break up that stigma in 2014.