Jacksonville Jaguars vs San Diego Chargers Odds, Pick and Predictions
We took a minor step back in week 3 as we were 1-2 with our picks with the Monday Nighter coming as our only winner for the week. The Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams went well over the 44 total in what turned out to be the largest regulation come from behind victory in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. We can thank another horrible first half from the Cowboys for the high point total as a fumble, an interception for a TD and poor all-around defence had Dallas behind 21-0 in the second quarter, which forced them to amp up their offensive game and eventually lead to a whole bunch of points on the scoreboard, sinking our pick. The Lions and Packers did the exact opposite as both defence's were stout, a field goal was missed, and Aaron Rodgers could not get anything going in a low scoring 19-7 Lions victory over rival Green Bay. Our Monday night winner was the second week in a row the Bears have come through for us. For some reason Chicago was a 2.5 underdog in that game, and an eight-point victory for the Bears was as easy a pick as we will win all year in a 27-19 Bears victory.
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Let's have a look at this upcoming weekend's action as we enter the first bye week of the NFL season.
The Blake Bortles era has officially begun in Jacksonville as the rookie was thrust into action during last week's thumping at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts. Bortles was immediately named as the team's starter heading into this Sunday's contest against the San Diego Chargers. Bortles came in for veteran Chad Henne to start the second half, and threw two touchdowns, twice as many touchdowns as the Jags had scored in the first 10 quarters of the season.
Odds - Jacksonville Jaguars +14 (-130) @ San Diego Chargers -14 (+110)
The offense played with much more energy and efficiency when Bortles entered the game, and this will be his job as long as he plays well and continues to earn the support of his Head Coach Gus Bradley. Philip Rivers has torched the Jaguars in his last three meetings with them to the tune of 913 yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions. No one will mistake this Jags offense for the high-powered offense that Philip Rivers runs, however Rivers has now lost his top two runningbacks in Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead to injuries, leaving Donald Brown who in 31 carries had just 62 yards last week at Buffalo.
My Pick - JAGUARS +14
Rivers will likely rely on the passing game like he does in most contests, and if the Jaguars play some sort of consistent defence throughout the game, then Bortles should be able to put enough points on the board for Jacksonville to cover the 14 point spread. We have seen many times in the past when young Quarterbacks are given an opportunity after the veteran starter has struggled in front of them. Tom Brady and Tony Romo are two examples of success stories after they both burst onto the scene for an injured and underperforming Drew Bledsoe, and Bortles showed last week he could very well play the part of saving grace for this Jags football team. I will rely on the rookie this Sunday to put enough points on the board to cover a two touchdown spread from San Diego.