Jaguars-Giants Betting Preview: Are the G-Men Undervalued as Home Underdogs?
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Betting odds: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants
- Spread: Jaguars -3
- Over/Under: 42.5
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FOX
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Betting market: This game has been very quiet in terms of line movement and sharp action. With a 50-50 bet split at the time of writing (see live data here), the line has remained at the key number of 3 for nearly a month. — Mark Gallant
Injury watch: Saquon Barkley (hamstring) and Evan Engram (concussion) have been cleared from their respective injuries suffered during training camp, but starting OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) is looking very iffy after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Jaguars are expected to roll with Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief in 3-WR sets after Marqise Lee’s season-ending knee injury.
New Jaguars tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) should be considered questionable, but stud corner back Jalen Ramsey (ankle) is expected to play despite being downgraded to limited in practice on Thursday.
The Jaguars will be without DE Dante Fowler until next week due to suspension. — Ian Hartitz
Did you know? These two teams are on very different paths heading into this season.
The Jaguars are favored to win their Week 1 game for the first time since 2011, and they have not been favored on the road during opening weekend since the 2008 season.
The Giants have not started the season as a home underdog since 2006.
They have now been listed as a home underdog for the seventh consecutive game with Eli Manning at QB. — Evan Abrams
DFS edge: Odell Beckham Jr. and Ramsey will square off in the week’s marquee WR-CB matchup. Ramsey is expected to travel with OBJ all over the field, something he was very good at in 2017.
Overall, the league’s premier trash-talking corner allowed an average of just 2.8 catches for 32.2 yards in six games of shadow coverage last season.
Antonio Brown was the only wide receiver to surpass 100 yards on the Jaguars in 2017, but Beckham just might be the league’s next-best option.
It’s rare to see OBJ with sub-8% projected ownership on both DraftKings and FanDuel. — Ian Hartitz
Bet to watch: I’m not sure how the Jaguars will find a consistent flow on offense in this game.
Jacksonville will miss Lee’s pass-catching ability — and his blocking — especially after letting Allen Robinson go in the offseason.
I give the Giants a significant advantage at every WR-CB matchup.
That means the Jags will have to run even more, but I’m not so sure that’s a great game plan. Jacksonville’s new-look O-line has never played a live snap together. Plus, the Giants’ strength is defending the power run game with Damon Harrison in the middle.
Similarly, I expect the Giants to have their fair share of struggles on offense, even after massively upgrading at running back with Barkley.
Jacksonville’s secondary is just that tough to move the ball against.
Yes, this game should be ugly — and I haven’t even brought up the 10+ mph wind.
Give me the Under and the home dog, considering all of the Jags’ moving parts on offense. — Stuckey
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