Online Preseason Football Continues This Thursday
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Online preseason football betting kicks off again this Thursday, giving players who bet preseason football the perfect reason to get excited about the week – or at least the week’s passing. Week 1 of the preseason has been all wrapped up but it was not without incident, as several teams had players suffer season-ending injuries. Nevertheless, teams will take to the field this Thursday in an attempt to better their standing with the fans.
There will be a total of three contests this Thursday. We’ve already taken a look at the first two contests of the night, so let’s take a gander at the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Thursday, August 17th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online Preseason Football Betting Odds:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1 ½ (-110) 41 (-110)
Jacksonville Jaguars -1 ½ (-110) 41 (-110)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are coming off a 9-7 season that almost saw the franchise qualify for the postseason. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay fell short in that pursuit, marking the Bucs’ 8th straight season without a playoff appearance. However, it should be noted that the team made a sizable improvement in Dirk Koetter’s first year at the helm, going from 6-10 to a winning record.
Tampa Bay kicked off the online preseason football betting season by facing off against the Bengals this past Friday in Cincinnati. The Bucs failed to get it done on the road, succumbing to the home team 12-23. Jameis Winston performed well in the opening series, posting a 91.5 passer rating, but he failed to find the end zone. The Bengals didn’t find it until the second half, mostly because of Andy Dalton’s interception in the opening series. Once they did, they didn’t look back.
The Jaguars, who led the league in offensive plays over 20 yards in 2015, failed to live up to the very small hype surrounding their organization. Jacksonville underperformed so drastically that the organization decided to part ways with their head coach, Gus Bradley, in Week 15. Doug Marrone enters his first season as the Jags’ head coach, reprising his role as interim head coach from last year.
Interestingly enough, NFL sportsbooks are favoring Jacksonville over their NFC South opponent. This might have something to do with the fact that the Jags were able to upset the New England Patriots this past Thursday. However, that upset might have had something to do with the fact that Brady didn’t even set foot on the field.
The Jags kicked open the NFL preseason with a 31-24 upset over the most feared team in the AFC. The game gave way to some interesting statistics, like both second-string quarterback Chad Henne and third-string quarterback Brandon Allen posting better stats than the starter – Blake Bortles. Bortles finished with a 65.4 passer rating that pales drastically in comparison to Henne’s perfect 158.3 and Allen’s eye-raising 151.8. Bortles needs a little better performance in Week 2, lest lose the starting job. Considering how lackluster he was last year, there’s no shortage of Jags fans who want to see him walk out the door.