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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.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Tampa Bay 9-7 9-7 22.12 23.06 -0.94 3-5 6-2 7-8-1 4-4 3-4-1
Jacksonville 3-13 9-7 19.88 25.00 -5.12 4-4 5-3 10-6 6-2 4-4
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
TB 15.66 15.96 -0.3
JAC 16.85 12.87 3.98
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
TB 11.05 11.54 -0.49
JAC 10.10 9.98 0.12
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
TB 3.58 4.39 -0.81
JAC 4.16 3.82 0.34
Team Records
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-7 4-4 5-3 9-7 3-5 6-2 22.13 23.06 -0.93
vs Conf 7-5 4-2 3-3 7-5 3-3 4-2 23.00 22.83 0.17
vs Div 4-2 2-1 2-1 3-3 1-2 2-1 22.17 23.17 -1.00
Last 3 1-2 1-0 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 20.33 24.33 -4.00

Jacksonville Jaguars

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 3-13 2-6 1-7 9-7 4-4 5-3 19.88 25.00 -5.12
vs Conf 2-10 2-4 0-6 7-5 3-3 4-2 20.25 25.50 -5.25
vs Div 2-4 2-1 0-3 4-2 2-1 2-1 25.17 24.83 0.34
Last 3 1-2 1-0 0-2 3-0 1-0 2-0 26.00 20.67 5.33
Supergrid
Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 22.13 18 25.00 24
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 255.75 9 184.88 1
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 109.38 16 105.63 18
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 19.88 25 23.06 15
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 236.13 19 257.25 23
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 92.50 26 119.75 24
Head To Head Summary
Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Tampa Bay 2-4 2-4 4-2 21.00 134.67 4.75 29.00 51.15 172.67 307.33 2.33
Jacksonville 4-2 4-2 4-2 26.33 111.67 3.72 31.00 61.83 213.67 325.33 1.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 11, 2015 JAC TB 31-38 55 270 325 2 183 186 369 0
Dec 11, 2011 TB JAC 14-41 110 170 280 7 116 209 325 2
Oct 28, 2007 JAC TB 24-23 133 86 219 0 136 249 385 3
Nov 30, 2003 TB JAC 10-17 77 144 221 1 135 224 359 1
Nov 15, 1998 TB JAC 24-29 157 186 343 3 144 230 374 0
Nov 19, 1995 JAC TB 16-17 87 263 350 1 145 101 246 0

Betting Odds Trends

Team Last 5 Games
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 1, 2017 CAR 17-16 W -3/44.5 L/U 112 188 300 128 207 335 -1 H
Dec 24, 2016 NO 24-31 L 3/53 L/O 89 260 349 123 294 417 2 A
Dec 18, 2016 DAL 20-26 L 6.5/47.5 W/U 52 224 276 185 264 449 3 A
Dec 11, 2016 NO 16-11 W -2/51.5 W/U 104 166 270 46 248 294 -3 H
Dec 4, 2016 LAC 28-21 W 3/49 W/P 81 268 349 119 211 330 -1 A

Jacksonville Jaguars

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Jan 1, 2017 IND 20-24 L 6/48.5 W/U 182 288 470 94 290 384 0 A
Dec 24, 2016 TEN 38-17 W 4.5/43.5 W/O 84 331 415 58 205 263 0 H
Dec 18, 2016 HOU 20-21 L 3.5/39 W/O 67 83 150 79 308 387 -1 A
Dec 11, 2016 MIN 16-25 L 3/38 L/O 85 230 315 85 292 377 -1 H
Dec 4, 2016 DEN 10-20 L 3.5/38.5 L/U 154 179 333 104 102 206 3 H

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