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NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

August 19, 2023


The Jacksonville Jaguars enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the Dallas Cowboys on the road in week 1 by a score of 28-23.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the New York Giants at home on Friday by a score of 21-16 in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

BookMaker has the Jacksonville Jaguars listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Detroit Tigers and has set the total for the over/under plays at 39.5 points. Which team will start the preseason off 2-0 with a win in this matchup on Saturday afternoon? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams have played this year.

Jacksonville Jaguars Team Preview

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the Dallas Cowboys in week 1 on the road by a score of 28-23. The Jaguars are 1-0 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season.

Offensively, Jacksonville is averaging 28 points per game in the preseason. The Jaguars are averaging 414 total yards, 269 passing yards, and 145 rushing yards per game in the preseason this year. Nathan Rourke leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 9 of 17 attempts for 153 yards and a touchdown while adding 20 yards and a touchdown rushing on six attempts. Tank Bigsby leads the team in rushing with nine carries for 52 yards. Elijah Cooks leads the team in receiving in the preseason with two receptions for 42 yards.

Defensively, the Jaguars are allowing an average of 23 points per game in the preseason this year. Jacksonville is allowing an average of 340 total yards, 282 passing yards, and 94 rushing yards per game in the preseason.

Detroit Lions Team Preview

The Detroit Lions enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the New York Giants at home by a score of 21-16 in week 1 of the preseason. The Lions are 1-0 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS at home, and 1-0 ATS as an underdog this season.

Offensively, the Lions are averaging 21 points per game in the preseason this year. Detroit is averaging 327 total yards, 231 passing yards, and 97 rushing yards per game in the preseason. Nate Sudfeld leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 15 of 28 attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns while adding one rushing yard and a rushing touchdown. Devine Ozigbo leads the team in rushing with 11 carries for 31 yards. Chase Cota leads the team in receiving with four receptions for 60 yards.

Defensively, Detroit is allowing an average of 16 points per game in the preseason. The Lions are allowing an average of 216 total yards, 162 passing yards, and 81 rushing yards per game in the preseason this year.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Detroit has won five of the eight games all-time in the series and has won by an average score of 28.5 to 20.12 while going 5-3 ATS in those matchups. The Lions have won the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 33.33 to 16.33 while going 3-0 ATS in those contests.

The over has hit in five of the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 48.62 points per game in those contests. The under has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 49.67 points per game in those matchups.

Detroit has been the better team in the series, winning five of the eight games all-time including the previous four matchups in a row. The Lions are 5-3 ATS all-time and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Detroit Lions +4 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Detroit Lions +4