The Denver Broncos have systematically gotten rid of their best players in the past two off-seasons and enter the 2010 NFL gambling action as arguably worse off in terms of talent than they were when Head Coach Josh McDaniel arrived in the Mile High City last year. Yet he proved the critics wrong last season as his team won the first 5 games of the season before slipping in the second half of the season and finishing 8-8 on the year.
On September 12th the Broncos will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars as they kick off the new season.
Jacksonville is coming off a very disappointing 7-9 season and will be looking to prove to the NFL that it’s still one of the better teams around after being a playoff mainstay for most of the past decade.
QB David Garrard had a mediocre season (3,597 yards, 15 TDs, 10 INTs) and the team had trouble converting on scoring opportunities and sputtered at times. As a team it averaged just 18.1 points per game and despite running the ball well (126.8 yards a game) the offense was very effective.
In years past the team could rely on a stout defense to counter any offensive weaknesses but in the 2009 NFL betting odds action the Jags’ defense was actually a liability, giving up 23.8 points and 352.3 total yards per game.
The Broncos should actually provide a very tight matchup for the Jags. Denver’s starting QB Kyle Orton is coming off the best season of his career (3,802 yards, 21 TDs, 10 Interceptions) but still can’t seem to get any credit. He’ll be leading a passing attack this season without WR Brandon Marshall (101 receptions, 1120 yards and 13 TDs in ’09) and his numbers will no doubt suffer.
The defense also suffered a huge loss with the injury to NFL sack leader, Elvis Dumervil (17.0 sacks) in the preseason.
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal.com opened with the Jaguars as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 40.
Jags should win this sports betting matchup.