Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Football betting on Saturday includes the preseason matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars are a 3.5 point NFL betting favorite in NFL week 1 odds with a total of 34. Let’s look at this football betting matchup.

Football betting on the Jags will be popular as the team has exciting quarterback David Garrard and a solid defense. The team added wide receiver Jerry Porter in the off-season but lost Marcus Stroud to Buffalo and Bobby McCray to the Saints. First-round draft pick DE Derrick Harvey has yet to come to terms on a contract and is not in camp according to football betting information. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is expected to put together an aggressive defense and getting Harvey in camp will be important.

Football betting stats show that Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio is 15-5 straight up and 14-6-1 against the football betting pointspread in the preseason. It is unlikely Garrard will play long according to football betting information. Running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew are also not likely to play long according to NFL betting experts. With so many starters expected to play limited minutes, the NFL week 1 odds on Jacksonville are low.

The Falcons made a lot of changes this season that could impact the football betting lines. New head coach Mike Smith will look to energize the team with Mike Mularkey taking over as offensive coordinator. Smith comes over from the Jaguars where he was the defensive coordinator, so expect the Falcons defense to impact football betting lines. Atlanta will be looking for rookie quarterback Matt Ryan to make an immediate impact and although he is a rookie, he could make a mark versus NFL betting lines this season. Veteran Chris Redman should also get a lot of playing time in the preseason and may decide the outcome of a few games in football betting. The defense is dealing with injuries early in the preseason and many starters may be held out of Saturday’s game according to NFL betting information.

Many gamblers will look to take the Jaguars at home in this football betting matchup but Atlanta has a new coach and a new attitude. The Falcons could be an interesting choice in Week 1 football betting action.

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