Detroit Lions Open as Favorites Over Jacksonville Jaguars

Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; The Jacksonville Jaguars come out of the tunnel before a game against the Chicago Bears at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars only play each other once every four years and with the amount of roster turnover each team has experienced over that time, there figures to be a lot of unfamiliarity. Will that lead to a game that stays closer than expected? Higher scoring? Lower scoring?

The sports books have an uncanny ability of “knowing” things and provide an interesting first look at any matchup.

The early betting line has installed the Lions as road favorites over the Jaguars. The line currently sits at 3.5 points with an over/under set at 44 points.

If the Lions can play the type of consistent game from start to finish that they played last week, covering the 3.5 point spread shouldn’t be an issue.

My initial leaning on the over/under is a little less clear. The Lions could hit that number by themselves on a good day with the type of weapons they have on offense but they haven’t been clicking like they did in 2011. The Jags struggled to score even with a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew and the Lions defense has been stingier than expected this season. It could go either way but I see a greater chance of this one coming in under 44 total points.

How would you bet?

Topics: Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

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