The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently 5.5-point favorite over the Cincinnati Bengals, as they get ready to return home to EverBank Field on Sunday. It’s not a big surprise the Jaguars are favored at home, considering how they’ve been playing the past few weeks. The real surprise is how the betting line has moved since the opening odds came out.
Originally the Jaguars opened as 2.5 point favorites, but I believe with people looking at how the Bengals struggled with an Indianapolis Colts team that the Jaguars absolutely demolished the money started to roll in on the Jaguars covering a win by at least a field goal.
Personally, I think the Jaguars are going to mow over the Bengals on Sunday, even potentially without rookie left tackle Cam Robinson. The Bengals have a nice pass rush with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins and rookie sensation Carl Lawson, but I think the team will be able to lean on the run game with the return of Leonard Fournette against Cincinnati. We saw two weeks ago against the Colts that the Jaguars can beat up a bad team on the line of scrimmage and that is exactly what I expect to happen on Sunday.
Not only should the Jaguars defensive line give Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton a rough go of it on Sunday, but Dalton has had a propensity to turn the football over this season and we’ve seen what happens if the Jaguars are able to start forcing turnovers on teams.
This of course means the Jaguars will finally win at home in 2017, something they’ve struggled to do the past four or five seasons.