Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons
Two teams looking to notch their first win of the preseason meet in Jacksonville as Jacksonville Jaguars host the Atlanta Falcons. The Jaguars are -3 point favorites over the Falcons with an over/under point total set at 36.
The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t look good in their first preseason game but they were also one of the teams that played the fewest starters and while the final score was lopsided, as New England routed them 47-12, most of the big damage was done in the second half against players who proably won’t make the final roster. Starting QB David Garrard was unable to go in game one and while many expect Blaine Gabbert to take over the offense sooner rather than later, Gabbert looked anything but ready and Garrard has always been the type of QB who plays best with his back against the wall and when people least expect it. Maurice Jones-Drew also didn’t play in game one instead it was Rashad Jennings who carried six times for 28 yards and Deji Karim carried six times and caught a pass. Jason Hill led all Jaguars receivers with three catches for 37 yards while backup tight end Zach Miller had two catches. Defensively Jacksonville didn’t do a lot right but Mike Hamlin had five tackles and Kyle Bosworth and Terrell Whitehead each had four tackles. We just didn’t see much from Jacksonville in week one and there was little on the field we can depend on as reliable information going forward.
It was like two separate games for the Atlanta Falcons in their first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins as when the starters were in the game they were blowing the Dolphins off the field but as soon as the starters were gone, Miami had their way with the Falcons depth. Matt Ryan was as impressive as ever throwing for 90 yards and a touchdown while John Parker Wilson saw the bulk of the action throwing for 121 yards and an interception. Michael Turner played early and scored a touchdown and Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers both got their share of touches though Gartrell Johnson only gained a yard on four carries. Harry Douglas had three catches and a touchdown and Julio Jones looked like a seasoned pro catching two balls for 43 yards. With Miami sitting Jake Long, Brandon Marshall, and Reggie Bush it made it easier for the Atlanta starters on defense as Cliff Mathews and Emmanuel Stephens each had three tackles and a sack. It should be noted that the Falcons special teams gave up a 75 yard return for a touchdown, something they will need to work on if they hope to surpass last season’s results.
The Falcons starters played as much as any in the NFL last week and they should not have too much rust as they continue to work on some things this week though it doesn’t seem like the offense has problems, the defense looked a lot like the unit that was shredded by Green Bay in January. Jacksonville really went through the motions last week but with the grumblings of Gabbert as the future starter get louder, David Garrard is practicing again so we’ll be on the lookout for a status later in the week and will adjust this pick if needed. In the meantime, I like Atlanta especially getting points.
Atlanta Falcons +3 Jacksonville Jaguars