While the Philadelphia Eagles are living up to market expectations, entering Week 4 with an undefeated record, the Jacksonville Jaguars are turning heads too. Especially after punching above their weight class to improve to a 2-1 record ahead of this fascinating tilt against the Eagles – in what is going to be a homecoming for Doug Pederson as he squares up to his old team in the City of Brotherly Love.
Jalen Hurts and the 3-0 Eagles are expected to keep the momentum going as per the sportsbook. The Eagles are tipped as the hefty -270 favorites on the money line while the Jaguars are tipped as the +230 underdogs.
As well, the Eagles are laying almost a touchdown to the Jaguars and the total is projected to 45½, albeit the over and under are juiced to -110, respectively.
So, will the Eagles extend their winning run of form? Or will Pederson’s Jaguars deliver the upset at Lincoln Financial Field?
Jaguars vs Eagles Odds
- Spread: Eagles -6½ (-110)
- Moneyline: Jaguars +230 | Eagles -270
- Over/Under: O 45½ (-110) | U45½ (-110)
Jaguars on the Rise
The importance of good coaching is nowhere more evident than with Trevor Lawrence, who is blossoming under the tutelage of Doug Pederson. The 2021 No.1 draft pick is completing 69.4% of his passes, up from an average of 59.6% in his rookie year. He also has six touchdowns and just one interception through three games.
Trevor Lawrence is taking that HUGE leap forward
W-L 3-14 2-1
Pass TD 12 6
INT 17 1
QB Rating 71.9 103.1
Comp pct 59.6% 69.4% pic.twitter.com/wpaZvmj7cZ
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) September 26, 2022
The Jacksonville Jaguars were impressive in their 24-0 shutout of the Colts in Week 2, coming through for their backers as the +3 underdogs in the outright win. However, their 38-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Week 3 was a real eye-opener.
Not only did the Jaguars back up their upset over the Colts, but they also notched a win against a team that many believed was a top contender in 2022. It’s signature wins like these that have many thinking the Jaguars may be a legitimate threat this season.
On the season, the Jaguars are 2-1 SU and ATS with 15.3 winning margin on average.
Few expected Jalen Hurts to have quite such a good command of the Eagles offense this early in the season, but he’s proved his critics wrong by showing considerable improvement in his second year under head coach Nick Sirianni. So much so that many are jumping on the hype train now.
And If he can take the Philadelphia Eagles to a 4-0 SU start by defeating the Jaguars, you can bet more will be clamoring onto the hype train.
Hurts is completing 67.3% of his passes while toting up 916 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception through three games. He also has 167 rushing yards and three rushing scores to his credit.
The third-year quarterback is coming off one of his best passing games, leading the Eagles to a decisive 24-8 win over the Washington Commanders last Sunday, which also saw them cover as the -5½ road favorites comfortably to improve to a 2-1 ATS record.
Brandon Graham is the first Eagles defensive lineman to win the award since Fletcher Cox 4 years ago https://t.co/Tj1xF0SD8j
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 28, 2022
DeVonta Smith and Bradon Graham had standout games, too. Smith put up 169 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions while Graham and the Eagles sacked Commanders QB Carson Wentz nine times!!
Jaguars vs Eagles Prediction
It’s impossible to know whether the Eagles are as good as their record suggests or whether they’re only as good as the level of their opponents.
If there’s one knockback, it’s the fact that the Eagles are yet to be truly tested. So far, they’ve faced modest competition from teams that finished under .500 or failed to make the playoffs last season – the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Commanders.
They’re yet to come up against an established powerhouse or an elite team that has consistently performed at a high level. And that’s not going to happen in Week 4 either as the Jaguars were one of the 2021 stragglers.
This isn’t to take away from the Eagles or from their accomplishments thus far. Winning in the NFL isn’t easy. So, every win counts. However, the competition is going to get stiffer with each passing week, so how they hold up will be a testament of their credentials.
The Jaguars won’t be a cakewalk. They’re young, motivated, and riding a two-game winning streak behind solid play in all facets of the game. Jeep in mind this defense has allowed just 10 points in two games. As such, the Jaguars might not be getting the respect they deserve here and that makes them the choice NFL pick against the spread to cover, if not pull off the outright upset.