NFL betting lines excitement this weekend includes an All-Florida affair with the preseason matchup in Jacksonville between the Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. SBG Global opened with the Jaguars as a 2-point favorite with a total of 36.5. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 7:35 PM Eastern.
The Miami Dolphins won their preseason opener in monsoon like conditions over Tampa Bay 10-7 as 3.5-point favorites with the game going under 33.5. It was sloppy game and the first team offense was unable to do much although the sloppy conditions made ball advancement difficult. Starting quarterback Chad Henne was 5-11 for 19 yards. New addition Brandon Marshall, who arrived from Denver as a breakaway receiving threat, dropped both passes thrown to him for an inauspicious start to his Dolphin career. Overall the starting offense gained only 39 yards in 15 plays. The Miami defense looked to be in midseason form, however, as they compiled a total of 10 tackles for losses.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their preseason opener at Philadelphia to the Eagles 28-27 but covered the spread as 3-point dogs with the game going over the total of 33. Backup quarterback Luke McCown drew plenty of attention as he threw for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns while starter David Gerrard, who already has a tenuous hold on the number 1 position, was listless in his three series. Gerrard has been criticized for his inconsistent play and work ethic and could end up on the bench if McCown continues to outplay him. In 3 series against the Eagles Gerrard threw for only 35 yards.
The 2010 sports betting season is likely to determine the future of both Gerrard and head coach Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville, who is a struggling franchise at the gate and with dwindling cash reserves.
“For us to not get off to a strong start, you can see why fans and media want to start stuff up,” said Gerrard about a potential quarterback controversy. “But it is the preseason. I don’t want to say it is a preseason like taking anything away from it, but we still have to keep everything in perspective.”
Jacksonville remains an afterthought with most handicappers that are betting NFL preseason games but Miami could have a nice bounce back season after falling back from their 2008 AFC East title.
As for Marshall he understands that he can’t keep dropping passes.
“To be a wide receiver in this league, you have to catch the ball. That’s number one.”