Falcons vs. Jaguars Online NFL Betting Preseason Match
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
One more week of preseason action is the only thing standing in the way of the 2017 online NFL betting season. Unlike the other three weeks of the preseason, which featured games spread out throughout the week, Week 4 will only feature games this Thursday. And since it’s the last week of the preseason, fans can look forward to seeing more snaps from the starters.
Thursday’s preseason online NFL betting action will be kicked off by the Jacksonville Jaguars who will face the reigning NFC champions. Let’s take a look at what NFL betting sites are predicting for this southern matchup.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons – Thursday, August 31st
When: 5:00 pm ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Jacksonville Jaguars TBP
Atlanta Falcons TBP
The Jaguars had high hopes for the 2016 season, due to having one of the most explosive offenses the year before. However, as the season progressed, it quickly became obvious that the Jaguars were not going to find much success. Once the season ended, Jacksonville finished 3-13 and last in the AFC South. The performance was so devastating that the organization decided to send head coach Gus Bradley packing. Dough Marrone took over as interim in Week 16 and will return this season as head coach.
The Jaguars have brought in a total of 9 players during this past free agency. None of those free agents really jump off the page at you but the Jaguars first round pick certainly does. With the 4th pick in the draft, Jacksonville elected to draft Leonard Fournette, runningback out of LSU.
Jacksonville suffered from inconsistency on offense all of last season and having Fournette in the backfield should certainly help the franchise find some measure of reliability. Blake Bortles finished last year’s season with a 78.8 passer rating and while that might not be impressive, Bortles does have big-play capability.
The Falcons finished the 2016 season with an 11-5 record, an NFC South title, an NFC title, and ultimately went down in the history books after blowing the largest lead in NFL history. Heading into this upcoming season, online sportsbooks have the Falcons winning the NFC South but don’t like them to win the NFC (the Green Bay Packers are favorites for the NFC title). But with returning Pro Bowlers at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver, the Falcons have plenty to look forward to this upcoming season.
Dan Quinn returns in his second year at the helm and will be looking to continue to build on the success he’s found. Atlanta has brought in 4 new players during free agency and selected defensive end Takkarist McKinley 26th overall in this year’s draft. The Falcons didn’t exactly have a terrible defense last season, but it certainly let them down when they needed it the most. Likewise, had Atlanta’s offense been able to respond with some points, the Falcons wouldn’t be coming into this year’s season with their heads hanging low.