The Atlanta Falcons have one of the most potent offenses in the league, though, that have not fully manifested yet in the preseason with most of their starters chilling in the sidelines. That may change this Saturday, though, as Matt Ryan and the team’s starters are expected to spend ample time on the field. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Jalen Ramsey has the opportunity to back up his claim that Ryan is not an elite quarterback.
Betting Preview for the Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Preseason Game on August 25, 2018
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Game Pass
Betting on the Atlanta Falcons (+3)
The Falcons are coming off another loss in the preseason, falling prey to the Kansas City Chiefs at home last week to the tune of a 28-14 score. But at least they put up a much better performance than in Week 1 in which they were shutout in a 17-0 road loss to the New York Jets. As of the moment, the Falcons have been winless in their last six preseason outings, dating back to last year, during which they’ve also gone 0-6 ATS. Still, the Falcons are expected to play some of their starters extended minutes with the Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Vic Beasley, and Robert Alford all likely to play at least a quarter this Saturday. Against the Chiefs, Ryan passed for 90 yards with a touchdown on 5-of-7 completions. Rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley should also pose problems for Jacksonville downfield after recording 49 receiving yards on three catches last week.
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (-3)
It wasn’t that long ago when Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey labelled Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan, along with other QBs in the league, as overrated. Well, he’s got a chance to add to his case this Saturday if he could pick or mess with any of Ryan’s passes. Ryan, however, may have to be more concerned of Jacksonville’s pass rush. The Jags recorded four sacks in last week’s 14-10 road win over the Minnesota Vikings. Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and linebacker Telvin Smith both shined in that game, as they each came up with a sack and four tackles. Apart from the win, the Jags also managed to cover their four-point spread as road underdogs in the Minnesota game. They are now 5-2-1 ATS in their last 10 preseason games.
Atlanta wins, 28-24.
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