Sites for betting in the NFL favor the Jacksonville Jaguars against the New York Giants in Week 1 of football action. And they are right to do so. So long as the Jags are able to maintain last season’s momentum. In his first season as head coach, Doug Marrone led Jacksonville to a 10-6 record. That was their first winning season since 2007. And their first trip to the postseason since 2008. Let’s just hope Marrone doesn’t fall victim to the dreaded sophomore slump. Meanwhile, the Giants hope new head coach Pat Shurmur does for them what Marrone did for the Jags. At the very least, he can’t be worse than Ben McAdoo. The ender of Eli Manning’s streak led the Giants to a 2-10 record before being rightfully sacked in week 13. The Giants finished 3-13 and last in the NFC East.
The phrase goes ‘let the best man win.’ Or team as the case may be. And in this case, that team should be the Jaguars. Who are the best team in the league. At least according to outside linebacker Telvin Smith. “I am not knocking anyone,” Smith said. “There are some talented teams out there. If I don’t lock in right now and believe wholeheartedly that my team will be the last team standing, then I don’t think you really are ready for that fight that is about to come.” The Jags are by no means the best team in the NFL. Not when the Eagles are Super Bowl champions and the Pats are uncrowned kings. But the Jags surely are better than they have any right to be. Especially for a team quarterbacked by one Blake Bortles. And more importantly, they certainly are better than the Giants.
Betting New York
There is good news and bad news. First the good news. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is just like Republica’s 1996 hit song. That is to say, he is “ready to go,” according to Coach Shurmur. OBJ missed 12 games last season as a result of an ankle injury which required surgery. “No reservations,” Shurmur said of Beckham. “But as I mentioned, we’re going to continue to be smart with his training.” Unlike other divas players seeking new deals, Odell has been a regular at his team’s facility.
The bad news is that rookie cornerback Sam “Ally Mac” Beal may be out for the season. It has been reported that Beal aggravated a shoulder injury during training. The Giants drafted him in the third round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft, even though his shoulder issues are nothing new. Beal was supposed to add depth to the Giants secondary. Now his odds of being ROTY are slim and none at sites for betting in the NFL
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants Sportsbook Odds and Info
- Date: September 9, 2018
- Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
- Venue: MetLife Stadium
- Best online sportsbooks odds per MyBookie sportsbook:
- JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -3½ (-105) O 43½ (-110)
- NEW YORK GIANTS +3½ (-115) U 43½ (-110)
- The Jaguars are 2-3 SU in their last five games.
- The Jaguars are 2-3 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone over in four of the Jaguars’ last seven games.
- The Giants are 1-5 SU in their last six games.
- The Giants are 4-4 ATS in their last eight games.
- The total has gone under in four of the Giants’ last five games.
Prediction: The Giants have lost their season-opener in six of the last seven years. And they have started 0-5 twice in the last five years. They tend to wake up on the wrong side of the bed. And if the Jags’ defense continues to be a force, the Giants should also fail to cover.