Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars predictions

Jacksonville Jaguars
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0-1
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Denver Broncos

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Jacksonville Jaguars
Point Spread Pick
DEN Broncos Win -6.0

Denver was unfortunate to be handed back-to-back cross-country road trips to open the season, but the Broncos have a fantastic chance of converting that into a 2-0 start. They looked a strong all-round unit in Teddy Bridgewater’s first game as starting quarterback, leading the team to a 27-13 win at the New York Giants. QB was the only real question with Denver before the season, as the rest of the roster looks easily strong enough to make a playoff challenge. Bridgewater completed a solid 28 of 36 passes at MetLife Stadium, and although Jerry Jeudy is already on IR with an ankle injury, there’s lots to like about a receiving corps of Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler, plus tight ends Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam. The Broncos’ ground game is in safe hands thanks to the double act of veteran Melvin Gordon — who showed he still has the jets with a 70-yard TD run to put Denver 27-7 ahead in the final 5 minutes — and rookie Javonte Williams, who had 14 carries on his debut.

The Jaguars looked a real mess  at times in losing 37-21 to the Texans, one of the few teams who entered the season with even lower expectations. It can’t be at all good that head coach Urban Meyer is already denying reports linking him to a return to the college ranks after just one gameday in the NFL. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence had some good plays and enough bad ones — including 3 interceptions — on his NFL debut but this is very early in his development to be going up against a defence as strong as Denver’s. Take Vic Fangio’s Broncos to give the home team a demonstration of the levels of organisation and efficiency on both sides of the ball that they will need to compete with the rest of the league.

Broncos -6 available at time of publishing. Playable to Broncos -7.

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Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Totals Pick
Over 45.5

Both these teams registered more than 400 yards of offense in Week 1, while the Jaguars gave up even more, allowing the Texans to roll for 451 yards, including 160 on the ground, against them. Denver’s run defense was much more solid, impressive even, in limiting Saquon Barkley to 26 yards on 10 carries — QB Daniel Jones had 27 scrambling away from the Broncos’ pass-rush — and the Giants to 60 rush yards in total.

It will be a surprise if Denver’s efficient offense, packed with weapons on the ground and through the air, can’t slice and dice the Jaguars’ defense at least as well as Houston did, and they can go a long way to covering this total on their own. The home team will no doubt come out slinging with Lawrence wanting to impress the Duval County faithful. Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones and DJ Chark each topped 50 yards on 9+ targets against Houston and there could be garbage-time points available, but the Denver defence could contribute to the score too. Take the over.

Over 45 available at time of publishing. Playable to over 46.5.

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