The Jacksonville Jaguars opened as five point underdogs on the road against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars head to the west coast to take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, opening up as five point underdogs. It's not a surprise the Jaguars open as road dogs, given they're 0-4 on the west coast in their last four trips and have been dominated in nearly all their recent trips.
It's a new staff however as they make this trip, but unfortunately the team may not be any better. The Jaguars have been outscored 95-20 at home, but have been a lot more competitive on road trips this season, where is where they picked up their only win so far. The Jaguars only other road game was also a close loss to the Minnesota Vikings and still arguably the best game the team has played as a whole.
On Sunday against the Raiders, given the injuries on the defense and who will be available, the Jaguars will need to play mistake free assignment football, else Oakland can pick up chunks of yardage with all of their team speed. On offense, the Jaguars are likely going to lean on Maurice Jones-Drew while the game is close, but it would be wise to at least attempt some deep play-action throws early in the game, just to try to back Oakland off the line of scrimmage.
Here's what OddsShark had to say about the game:
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking for their fifth straight win over the Oakland Raiders when they visit them at the O.co Coliseum this Sunday. Jacksonville is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games against the Oakland Raiders. Both Oakland and Jacksonville are 1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, and 2-3 on the Over-Under here in 2012. Jacksonville is just 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road but is 5-2 ATS over its last seven road games.
Official prediction: Raiders 27, Jagaurs 14