The Jacksonville Jaguars’ upset of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 is a distant fluke. Jacksonville has lost five straight as it travels to SoFi Stadium to face an electric Chargers team. The Jaguars were cut the ribbons by the Lions last week and limped away from the 34-16 loss with more defensive injuries.
LB Myles Jack, S Jarrod Wilson, and DLs Josh Allen and Abry Jones are all questionable to play vs L.A. Meanwhile, the Chargers are well-rested after a bye week, and have activated DLs Melvin Ingram and Justin Jones off the IR.
Chargers’ Rookie QB Justin Herbert has kept his team in contention vs. elite organizations like the Chiefs and Saints, helping L.A. to take them each to overtime. Herbert also narrowly lost a shootout with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, showing some real moxie in the slugfest. This Week 7 game is an excellent opportunity for Herbet and the Bolts to showcase their potential.
Our sportsbook’s current NFL betting odds show the Chargers as 7 ½-point favorites. Both Jacksonville and Los Angeles have remote odds to win the division, in the AFC South and West respectively, but the season isn’t even half over yet. Let’s explore this.
|Game: Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)
Location: SoFi Stadium
Time: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET
NFL Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
|Jaguars||+7 ½||+300||49||20 ½|
Moneyline: Jaguars +300 (1-5) | Chargers -360 (1-4)
It’s highly unlikely that the Chargers will lose to the Jaguars in Los Angeles, especially coming off their bye week. The Chargers have proven to be a dangerous team, striking fear into three legit Super Bowl contenders already. L.A. took Kansas City, the squad with the best Super Bowl LV odds, into OT and almost upset the Chiefs.
Imagine what Los Angeles can do to a team that has 500-1 odds to win the big game? The Chargers are 8-3 all-time against the Jaguars, including an undefeated mark of 4-0 at home. Easy peasy.
Pick: Chargers to win
Point Spread: Jaguars (2-4) | Chargers (3-1-1)
Jacksonville is 0-4 ATS over its last four contests. More importantly, the Jaguars are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games against the Chargers. L.A. is surging into this matchup full of energy, eager to electrocute the Jags on Sunday afternoon. The Bolts win by double-digits.
Pick: Chargers -7 ½
Over/Under 49 points: Jaguars (3-3) | Chargers (2-3)
My gut tells me that the Chargers’ offense is going to blow the doors off of SoFi Stadium. Herbert threw for four TDs against the Saints, and I’m expecting a similar performance Sunday. WR Mike Williams had a breakout game vs New Orleans as well, and will likely stay hot for at least a couple more games.
Jacksonville ranks 30th against the tight end, so look out for Hunter Henry. RBs Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley provide a respectable rushing basis, and this could easily morph into a day with 400+ yards of total offense for Los Angeles. Points, points, points!
Pick: Over 49 total points scored
Final Score: Chargers 44, Jaguars 20
Props Talk for Jaguars at Chargers
Your sports betting experience just isn’t complete without throwing a few cool props out into the gambling cosmos. Test your quirky longshot capabilities! Here’s a few prop bets to think about for the upcoming scrap between the Chargers and Jaguars.
Justin Herbert (LAC): Over 264½ Passing Yards (-115)
Herbert is averaging almost 299 yards through the air per game, over his four starts. Only once has Herbert finished with less than 265 yards passing, when he threw for 264 yards vs New Orleans. The Jaguars have the seventh-worst passing defense, and allow an average of 270.7 passing yards per game. Herbert’s arm is well-rested, and his offense is really clicking right now. Slam dunk prop bet, right here.
First Score: Chargers TD (+160)
The Chargers will explode out of the gate, scoring a touchdown on their first drive. This immediate score will set the tone, and the Jaguars will never have the lead. Herbert to WR Keenan Allen on a post route for the TD. Let’s get this party started!
Team Scoring First Wins Game: Yes (-185)
This is a fairly safe play, and you’ll pay a premium for it, but it’s worth it. Although there’s debate as to the specific statistics behind this theory, it’s generally agreed that the team scoring first is more likely to win. Placing $25 on this bread-and-butter bet will win you $13.51. You’ve gotta be in it to win it! Cheers to a successful betting slip this weekend!