If you’re looking for some exciting preseason action that is offering you the chance to cash in with a potentially winning wager, then you’ve come to the right place NFL betting faithful. The New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars both recorded double-digit winning seasons a year ago and enter 2018 with some legitimate Super Bowl hopes.
New Orleans was one miracle play away from reaching the NFC Championship game last season while Jacksonville gave New England all they could handle in the AFC title tilt. If you’re looking to strike pay dirt on this intriguing NFL Preseason Week 1 Inter-Conference clash, then let’s get to my expert NFL pick for the Saints vs Jaguars.
Saints vs Jaguars 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds
When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida Live Stream: NFL Game Pass NFL Preseason Week Odds: Jacksonville -3 / Total: 35
Why Bet on the New Orleans Saints?
The best reason to bet on New Orleans in this contest is that the Saints have a better backup situation behind Drew Brees than their counterparts in Jacksonville. New Orleans will turn to veteran Tom Savage and then, Taysom Hill and athletically gifted rookie J.T. Barrett once Drew Brees leaves, if the future Hall of Famer even sees the field in this contest. Savage was expected to start in Houston last season before it became apparent that Deshaun Watson was the better option and a player that was clearly ready to start as a rookie. The bad news is that the Saints don’t traditionally play well in the preseason under head coach Sean Payton, although they went 2-2 last season to snap an 0-8 preseason skid.
- Average Score For: 27.94
- Total Yards: 390.61
- Pass Yards: 268.89
- Rush Yards: 121.72
- Average Score Against:21.17
- Total Yards: 344.44
- Pass Yards: 233.94
- Rush Yards: 110.50
Why Bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The best reasons to bet on the Jags is that they’re playing at home and they went a decent 2-2 in the preseason a year ago under head coach Doug Marrone, although Marrone is just 5-8 in the preseason in his career. Jacksonville will be going with veteran backup Cody Kessler and rookie Tanner Lee. Kessler just joined the Jags last week, so he certainly won’t be familiar with Jacksonville’s system right away. Lee is completely wet behind the ears.
- Average Score For: 25.89
- Total Yards: 359.84
- Pass Yards: 218.68
- Rush Yards: 141.16
- Average Score Against:
- Total Yards: 301.58
- Pass Yards: 190.05
- Rush Yards: 111.53
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Saints vs Jaguars
The Saints are the pick in this one, seeing as how Tom Savage is undeniably the best backup quarterback on the field in this affair. Both teams in this Week 1 preseason matchup have solid defenses, so, go with the Saints because they simply have the better backup and the coaching edge in this affair!
NFL Preseason Week 1 Pick: New Orleans +3