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Jaguars open as 7-point underdogs at home to Steelers

The Jaguars will play their second home game of the season against the Steelers, and though the team is currently an underdog it's not by much.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are once again predicted to lose, this time to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 5 matchup, but Vegas believes the game is going to be close.

According to, the Jaguars are currently 7-point underdogs. That's not very much, and I don't expect it to move very much either way based on betting. Blake Bortles showed he can carry an NFL offense on the road last week, and his home starting debut will likely look even better than last week's game against the San Diego Chargers.

Also, no longer are the Jaguars the biggest underdogs of the week. In fact, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Minnesota Vikings are all predicted to lose by bigger margins.

The over/under isn't outrageous either, set currently at 46.5 points. If any of the betting lines will increase this week, I'd expect it to be that one. Suspended wide receiver Ace Sanders has returned to the Jaguars and once he's on the active roster I suspect he'll count for another point or so to that over/under.

If all goes according to the lines, the Jaguars will lose by a score of 27-20.

A one-possession game when the final whistle blows? Yes, please.