The Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys are set to meet in the preseason for the second time in the last three years. The Jaguars were listed by the NFL spreads as a four-point favorites in the 2021 game and won 34-14. Jacksonville is listed by the NFL odds as the favorite at -160 to win the AFC South Division title with Dallas coming in second at +175 in the odds to win the NFC East.
Jaguars vs Cowboys Betting Lines
|Jacksonville Jaguars||-4-110||-185||O 38-110|
|Dallas Cowboys||+4-110||+165||U 38-110|
The odds in this chart are posted on the time of publication of the article. They are subject to change without previous notice.
Ridley Ready to Return
Calvin Ridley hasn’t played since hauling in four passes for 26 yards in an October, 2021 game when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. After missing the final 11 games of the 2021 season and being suspended for all of the 2022 season for violating the NFL’s anti-gambling policy, Ridley is set to return to action.
The early reports have Ridley lighting it up at camp. With Trevor Lawrence throwing him the ball, he could be in for a huge 2023 season. Jacksonville used its first three picks in April’s NFL Draft on offensive players, selecting Oklahoma offensive lineman Anton Harrison in the first round, Penn State tight end Brenton Strange in the second and Auburn running back Tank Bigsby in the third round.
Jacksonville coach Doug Pederson said that Harrison might play more snaps than the other starters in the game.
The first preseason game tends to be a showcase for under the radar players. Undrafted rookie receiver Jaray Jenkins out of LSU is one of those players. It might be worth watching linebacker Ventrell Miller, a fourth-round pick out of Florida. Oklahoma State defensive end Tyler Lacy is also said to have made some splash plays in recent practices.
Rookies Look to Show Out for Cowboys
Dallas used its first pick on Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith. However, he is being slowed by injury so don’t look for him in this game. Starting center Tyler Biadasz is also banged up. Dallas has been getting positive reports on both of them. Dallas is already without offensive lineman Zack Martin, who is holding out.
Receiver Jalen Tolbert is looking to make a push for the Cowboys.
Running back Deuce Vaughn, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher at Kansas State, could make a push to back up Tony Pollard.
Quarterback Cooper Rush is no stranger to airing it out during the preseason with Will Grier the other quarterback behind starter Dak Prescott. There are 25 first- and second-year players on offense and 16 others on defense for the Cowboys so it is worth keeping an eye on the snap counts.
Jaguars vs Cowboys Head to Head
Each of the last four preseason games between Jacksonville and Dallas went over the total. However, three of those games came in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
The teams met in the regular season the week before Christmas and combined for 74 points as Jacksonville won 40-34 at home as a four-point underdog. It was the first matchup in the regular season since 2018, when Dallas won 40-7 as a three-point underdog.
The last six games between the teams in the regular season finished over the total.
Jaguars vs Cowboys Game Information
- Game: Jaguars vs Cowboys
- Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 12, 5 p.m. ET
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
- Jaguars vs Cowboys Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Jaguars vs Cowboys Game Weather Conditions
It should be a bit of a scorcher with temperatures over 100 degrees at kickoff in Arlington. AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof so keep that in mind when it comes time to bet online.
Jaguars vs Cowboys Game Picks and Prediction
Predicted Score: Cowboys 28, Jaguars 24
- Worth Betting the Moneyline?
Jacksonville was winless in the preseason in 2022 and was outscored by 44 points. It is a new season, but don’t be surprised to see Pederson start pulling key players early on rather than risk injury. Dallas is priced at +165 according to the NFL betting lines and it might be worth rolling with the home team in this matchup.
- Worth Betting ATS?
If the line moves to 4½, it might be something worth considering. Three of the last five preseason games between Jacksonville and Dallas have had four-point lines. Jacksonville covered in two of those games.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
There’s plenty of offensive talent on both sides of the ball so the 38-point line could be at risk. The teams combined for 48 points when they met in 2021 and it could be more of the same on Saturday.