Jaguars at Falcons NFL Preseason Week 4 Lines

Jaguars are Betting Underdogs vs. Falcons in NFL Preseason Week 4

Written by on August 30, 2017

The Atlanta Falcons have yet to win a game in three NFL preseason scrimmages, but there’s a reason why they’re still favored to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and are getting a massive amount of action when they host the rebuilding AFC South residents on Thursday night. Let’s find out why right now by taking a quick look at the updated betting odds for this NFL preseason game here.

Jacksonville at Atlanta NFL Preseason Odds, Analysis & PIck

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM ETWhere: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GeorgiaTV: NFL NetworkRadio: WJXL 1010 AM (Jacksonville) / 92.9 FM The Game (Atlanta)Live Stream: NFL Game PassNFL Preseason Odds: Atlanta -3 / Total: 38

Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Thunderstorm: 26°C/79°F
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Precipitation: 47%
  • Wind: 6 mph SE
  • Cloud Cover: 80%
  • Type of Stadium: Retractable

Why Bet the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Preseason Odds at +3?

The Jaguars competed hard, but ended up on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 24-23 Week 3 preseason loss to Carolina the last time out. Recently named starting quarterback Chad Henne looked listless at best in completing 8 of 14 passes for 73 with no touchdowns or interceptions while former starter and ‘franchise quarterback’ Blake Bortles looked even more pedestrian while completing 12 of 16 passes with one touchdown and one costly interception that Panthers cornerback Zach Sanchez returned 48 yards to the Jacksonville 3-yard line.Bortles did complete five of seven passes for 76 yards to lead the Jaguars on a 65-yard, nine-play scoring drive in the third quarter that ended with a 4-yard TD pass to Shane Wynn in the corner of the end zone. Defensively, safety Barry Church recorded a team-high eight tackles while cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste picked off Carolina veteran backup Derek Anderson in the loss.

Team Statistics

Offensive total yards 334.94Current Offensive rush yards 101.94Offensive passing yards 233.00Average Score For 19.88Defensive total yards 321.69Current Defensive rush yards 106.44Defensive passing yards 215.25Average Score Against 25.00

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Why Bet the Atlanta Falcons NFL Preseason Odds at -3?

The Falcons fell to 0-3 on the preseason by falling to Arizona 24-14 as Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s first team offense struggled mightily. Ryan tossed an interception on his first attempt of the game and finished 4-for-11 for just 36 yards while getting picked off by Arizona Pro Bowl defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.The Falcons fell to 0-3 on the NFL preseason by falling to Arizona 24-14 as Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s first team offense struggled mightily.Making matters worse is the fact that the Atlanta Falcons’ offense continued its preseason struggles under veteran backup Matt Schaub who completed 5 of 6 passes for a modest 25 yards. Third-string signal-caller Matt Simms had the best performance of any Falcons quarterback by completing 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards while hooking up with wide receiver Josh Magee on a 57-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. The Falcons also gave up four sacks in the loss while also allowing Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to both toss TD passes in the loss.

Team Statistics

Offensive total yards 416.42
Current Offensive rush yards 117.47
Offensive passing yards 298.95
Average Score For 34.11
Defensive total yards 376.84
Current Defensive rush yards 104.11
Defensive passing yards 272.74
Average Score Against 25.32

Team Series History

  • Total Meetings: 6
  • First Meeting: December 22nd, 1996. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Jacksonville, Florida
  • Last Meeting: December 20th, 2015. EverBank Field. Jacksonville, Florida
  • All-Time Series: Tied 3-3-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Atlanta 41-14 (2011)
  • Longest Win Streak: Atlanta 2 (2011-2015)
  • Current Win Streak: Atlanta 2 (2011-2015)

Expert Analysis and NFL Preseason Prediction

Despite their winless preseason record, the Atlanta Falcons are the overwhelming pick by 69 percent of the betting public to get the win and ATS cover in their scrimmage finale.

Why is that you ask?

Because the Jaguars have all sorts of problems at quarterback where they have flip-flopped and gone back to Blake Bortles as their starter for their regular season opener despite the fact that both, he and Chad Henne have looked and played like a pair of scared high school freshmen for the entirety of the preseason.The Jaguars are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on grass while Atlanta has gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on grass, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and an unblemished 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the Jaguars. The last thing you need to know about Jacksonville’s quarterback situation is that, since being drafted with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Blake Bortles has 11 victories and 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns. The starters won’t suit up in this one, but the Falcons win and cover the spread with room to spare!NFL Preseason Pick: Atlanta 27 Jacksonville 20
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