2016 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Win Total Predictions
Looking for one of the teams on the rise in the NFL this season? I give you the usually downtrodden Jacksonville Jaguars. This team finally has its act together and as much young talent — potentially — as any team in the league. Jacksonville has a wins total of 7.5 on NFL lines.
Here’s a Analysis on the 2016 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Win Total Predictions
Total Win/Loss Odds Overview
While the offense took big strides last year, the Jacksonville defense continues to be a glaring weakness for the team. The Jaguars finished the season having given up 448 points, second most in the NFL and 24th in yards allowed. Jacksonville’s inability to generate a consistent pass rush remained an issue all season.
But the team adds 2015 first-round pick Dexter Fowler, a pass rusher, as well as the top two picks this year in Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Both Ramsey and Myles Jack will be closely monitored in camp, with the pair coming off injuries and having high expectations to be the answers to the Jaguars’ defensive deficiencies. Ramsey, maybe the most NFL-ready player in the entire draft, can be an immediate playmaker for Jacksonville’s back end.
Why Betting On The Over
Quarterback Blake Bortles made a big leap in his second season, finishing second behind Tom Brady with 35 touchdown passes while also setting a single-season franchise record for passing yards with 4,428. His 18 interceptions were an NFL-high as well, so room for improvement remains. However, Bortles’ 2015 season should give Jacksonville fans significant reason for optimism moving forward.
Bortles has one of the best receiving duos in the NFL in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Asked if Robinson and Hurns represent the greatest one-two punch in the NFL, Bortles responded, “I’d say they’re No. 1. They’re special, man.”
Robinson set a new franchise mark with 14 receiving touchdowns last year while pacing the NFL with 31 receptions of 20 or more yards. He wins at the catch point with size, length, exceptional ball skills, uncanny body control and superior leaping ability. Hurns boasted the league’s longest touchdown streak, scoring in seven consecutive games.
Bortles does need needs to reduce interceptions and become more efficient. That’s key to the offense’s becoming more efficient – and becoming less dependent on big plays. Pocket presence and improved accuracy are also key for Bortles.
Why Betting On The Under
What about left tackle? While former No.2 overall pick Luke Joeckel’s stats were not atrocious last season (excluding a disastrous Week 17 performance vs. the J.J. Watt-led Houston Texans), he was still prone to allowing pressure and hurries on the quarterback. General manager Dave Caldwell signed tackle Kelvin Beachum to a one-year deal this offseason with a multi-year team option. Beachum, who spent the last four seasons protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blindside, is Joeckel’s primary competition heading into training camp. Beachum is rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered early last season, but is expected to be ready for the start of camp.
Left tackle isn’t the only offensive line spot up for grabs, as left guard is still unsettled as we head towards training camp. It’s fair to say the offensive line is one of the biggest question marks for the Jaguars heading into 2016. There is some reason to believe it could improve going forward, though; Brandon Linder missed most of the 2015 season, but in 2014 as a rookie, he was among the highest-graded guards in the league. And then you have Beachum.
My Betting Prediction
I really like this team if everyone stays healthy. It’s a new day in Jacksonville. Go over on NFL picks.