The Jacksonville Jaguars are 1.5 point underdogs as they head on the road to face off against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, which was a line that quickly shifted on Monday evening. I waited to write up an opening odds post until after the game and sure enough, starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence had his ankle stepped on and fell to a heap and left the game as the Jaguars couldn’t hold on and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime on Monday Night Football.
We don’t know the status of Lawrence’s ankle yet, but the young quarterback was helped off the field and to the locker room and was reported leaving the stadium after the game on a cart. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but it’s clear the bookies don’t think Lawrence will play on Sunday as the line quickly shifted from the Jaguars being road favorites to underdogs.
On the other side, the Browns are on a two game losing streak and have lost their second quarterback to injury this season, leading to grizzled veteran Joe Flacco to take the helm. Flacco didn’t have a bad day necessarily, but it clearly wasn’t anywhere close to good enough to keep up with the Rams.
While the Browns offense is likely going to struggle on Sunday, the Browns defense is still one of the best in the league and the Jaguars will likely be trotting out C.J. Beathard to take them on.
As it stands, the Jaguars are 1.5-point underdogs, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.