Redskins vs Jaguars ; The Washington Redskins own a four-game losing streak, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-8 over their last nine games. Is either team a smart bet for Sunday afternoon’s Redskins-Jaguars contest in north Florida?
NFL point spread: The Jaguars opened as seven-point favorites; the total was 36 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.9-11.8 Jaguars (NFL pickson every game)
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Washington is tough to make a case for at the moment, with four straight losses after getting pounded by the Giants last week 40-16. The Redskins, playing with their third-string quarterback, fell down to New York 34-0 at the half and later trailed 40-0 in a performance best left forgotten.
Two weeks ago, Washington only trailed at Philadelphia 14-13 into the fourth quarter before fading to a 28-13 defeat.
Three weeks ago, the Redskins actually led at NFC East-leading Dallas 13-10 in the third quarter before fading to a 31-23 defeat. And four weeks ago, they led AFC South-leading Houston 21-20 in the fourth quarter before losing 23-21.
Washington is 3-3 both SU and ATS on the road this season, and that ATS record would be better if not for those fades against the Eagles and Cowboys.
At 6-7 overall, the Redskins actually only trail Minnesota by a half-game in the battle for the second NFC wild-card slot.
Jacksonville isn’t easy to make a case for at the moment, either, with eight losses in its last nine games, including a dismal 30-9 decision at Tennessee last Thursday.
The Jaguars tried to keep it close but just couldn’t stop Titans running back Derrick Henry or get anything going offensively.
Jacksonville had a chance to take a lead in the second quarter against Tennessee but got stuffed on a fourth down from the Titans’ 1-yard line. The Jags defense then immediately gave up a 99-yard Henry scoring run, and the team never recovered.
Two weeks ago, the Jacksonville defense showed up in a 6-0 shutout of Indianapolis. In fact, prior to last week, the Jaguars had outrushed four foes in a row.
Realistically, though, at 4-9 overall, Jacksonville is just looking to create some momentum to carry over into next season.
Washington is banged-up and will start a fourth-string quarterback this week. Jacksonville, meanwhile, is starting a backup quarterback who’s produced one touchdown drive over the last two games, and that came in garbage time last week.
Plus, both these teams are just way too unpredictable, well off the pace on the Super Bowl 53 odds at sportsbooks and unworthy of a betting recommendation at the moment.
The smart money probably focuses on the total.
NFL betting trends
The Jaguars are 3-16 ATS in their last 19 games at home after covering in their most recent home game.
The total has gone under in 13 of the Jaguars’ last 18 games in the early afternoon.
The total has gone under in six of the Redskins’ last eight games on the road.
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