Eagles vs. Jaguars Betting Guide: Is Jacksonville’s Defensive Depth Enough?

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41).

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds

  • Spread: Jaguars -3
  • Over/Under: 34.5
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

The Jaguars host the Eagles in one of five NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with a betting pick and daily fantasy analysis.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are tentatively expected to sit most of their starters after backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld suffered a wrist injury that’s expected to sideline him for up to six weeks.

The absence of full-time starters means we should again get a healthy serving of 2019 second-round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who looked the part of a Year 1 contributor against the Titans last week.

Perhaps the Eagles will choose to attack the Jaguars with their beastly offensive line as well as with their new running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders.

Still, Jalen Ramsey and Co. deserve credit as one of the league’s most complete defenses in 2018.

  • Points allowed per game: No. 4
  • Overall in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA: No. 6
  • Rush defense DVOA: No. 6
  • Pass defense DVOA: No. 7
  • vs. No. 1 WR DVOA: No. 4

Jacksonville Jaguars

This week’s marquee preseason #RevengeGame involves Nick Foles taking on the squad that he led to a Super Bowl victory fewer than 24 months ago.

However, the focus this week should instead be on the usage of Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars rank first in available snaps (930), fourth in available carries (196) and first in available targets (109) at the running back position based on the production they lost from their 2018 roster to now.

Fournette’s quest to return to greatness would be aided by improved health across the offensive line, which was pretty much a walking-and-talking graveyard in 2018.

  • Left tackle Cam Robinson (knee): 13 missed games
  • Left tackle Josh Wells (groin/concussion): 9
  • Left tackle Josh Walker (ankle): 7
  • Left guard Andrew Norwell (ankle): 5
  • Center Brandon Linder (knee): 7
  • Right guard A.J. Cann (triceps): 1
  • Right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee): 3

I like the Jaguars to capture this victory thanks to their superior defensive depth and potential to play their starters for longer than the Eagles.

PICK: Jaguars -3