NFL Preseason Week 2 Pick- Tampa Bay Bucs at Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Bucs Look to Contend in NFC South in 2017

This Thursday’s NFL preseason action features a battle between two Florida teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to the East Coast of the state to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is a featured matchup on ESPN. BetAnySports opened Jacksonville as a two-point home favorite. The total line for this 8 p.m. start at EverBank Field was set at 41. The line has swung an amazing 4.5-points and the Buccaneers are now favored by 2.5-points. The total has also been bet down to 40.

Tampa Bay went 9-7 last season. That was both straight-up and against the spread on BetAnySports’ closing line. That still failed to secure a playoff spot in the rugged NFC. The bar has been raised for this season in the wide-open NFC South. The Bucs have quite a few weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The Buccaneers added veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson. They selected tight end OJ Howard in the first round of the draft.

While third-year quarterback Jameis Winston saw little action in last Friday’s 23-12 loss to Cincinnati, he still managed to complete 9-of-13 passing attempts for 99 yards. Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick scored Tampa Bay’s first touchdown of the preseason on a six-yard run in the second quarter to give his team an early 9-3 lead. Mike Evans appeared to be in regular season form with a team-high four receptions for 58 yards.

Jacksonville Jaguars Look for 2-0 Start to Preseason

The Jaguars took a big step backwards in 2016 with a SU record of 3-13, but they were still above .500 ATS at 9-7. They got this year’s preseason off to a solid start with last Thursday’s 31-24 victory against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. They closed as three-point road underdogs and the total went well OVER BetAnySports’ closing 39.5-point total line. Going back to Week 2 of last preseason, Jacksonville actually lost to Tampa Bay 27-21 as a three-point favorite at home.

This year’s matchup should feature a bit more playing time for each team’s starters so we should get a better look at Jaguars’ starting quarterback Blake Bortles after he completed 3-of-5 passes for 16 yards in last week’s game. Rookie first round pick Leonard Fournette made his debut last week and the former LSU running back rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He will not play against Tampa Bay on Thursday due to a minor foot injury.

You should be able to get a better feel for which direction each of these teams is heading early in this game, but the final score will still be decided in the second half by backups. Go with the Buccaneers minus the two points on the road as the better all-around team.

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Tampa Bay9-79-722.1223.06-0.943-56-27-8-14-43-4-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf7-54-23-37-53-34-223.0022.830.17
vs Div4-22-12-13-31-22-122.1723.17-1.00
Last 31-21-00-21-20-11-120.3324.33-4.00

Jacksonville Jaguars

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf2-102-40-67-53-34-220.2525.50-5.25
vs Div2-42-10-34-22-12-125.1724.830.34
Last 31-21-00-23-01-02-026.0020.675.33
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense22.131825.0024
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense255.759184.881
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense109.3816105.6318
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense19.882523.0615
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense236.1319257.2523
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense92.5026119.7524
Head To Head Summary
Tampa Bay2-42-44-221.00134.674.7529.0051.15172.67307.332.33

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 11, 2015JACTB31-385527032521831863690
Dec 11, 2011TBJAC14-4111017028071162093252
Oct 28, 2007JACTB24-231338621901362493853
Nov 30, 2003TBJAC10-177714422111352243591
Nov 15, 1998TBJAC24-2915718634331442303740
Nov 19, 1995JACTB16-178726335011451012460

Betting Odds Trends

Team Last 5 Games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2017CAR17-16W-3/44.5L/U112188300128207335-1H
Dec 24, 2016NO24-31L3/53L/O892603491232944172A
Dec 18, 2016DAL20-26L6.5/47.5W/U522242761852644493A
Dec 11, 2016NO16-11W-2/51.5W/U10416627046248294-3H
Dec 4, 2016LAC28-21W3/49W/P81268349119211330-1A

Jacksonville Jaguars

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2017IND20-24L6/48.5W/U182288470942903840A
Dec 24, 2016TEN38-17W4.5/43.5W/O84331415582052630H
Dec 18, 2016HOU20-21L3.5/39W/O678315079308387-1A
Dec 11, 2016MIN16-25L3/38L/O8523031585292377-1H
Dec 4, 2016DEN10-20L3.5/38.5L/U1541793331041022063H

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