Find you a pair of jorts and brace yourselves. Gardner Minshew Mania could be back as soon as Week 14, when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams are riding losing skids, and only one can snap out of their funk this coming Sunday. The Chargers and the Jags are both +200000 to win Super Bowl 54.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Regular Season Week 14 Game on December 8, 2019
Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
When: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4:05 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (4-8)
Again, the Chargers fell short, as they lost to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, 23-20. The Chargers drew an uninspired performance from quarterback Philip Rivers, who is reportedly a bad start away from getting benched. Rivers went 20 for 29 for 265 passing yards and two touchdowns and an interception against the Broncos, who were on their third quarterback as of Week 13. On the season, the Chargers have eight losses by no more than seven points. The Chargers would be having a different and more positive year if they are only able to take better care of the ball. They are 28th in the league with a -0.8 turnover margin per game and 26th with 1.0 takeaway per contest. With Philips seemingly losing the confidence of his team, the Chargers may want to increase the workload of Melvin Gordon and the team’s ground attack. That appears to be a good idea against the Jaguars, who are allowing 1.4 rushing touchdowns per game, second-worst in the NFL.
The Chargers are 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
Maybe it’s time to embrace Gardner Minshew Mania again for the Jaguars, who didn’t get any value from the money they spent in the offseason on Nick Foles. At least that was the case in Week 13, when Foles started and proceeded to set himself on fire by throwing just 93 passing yards and an interception in just 7-of-14 completions in a 28-11 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also fumbled the ball twice, both recovered by the Bucs. Minshew stepped in for Foles in the second half and injected life into the Jags’ offense. All of Jacksonville’s 11 points were scored in the second half with Minshew directing the offense. Minshew finished with 147 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception while completing 16 of 27 throws. The Jags’ offense simply looks more fluid when Minshew is on the field than Foles, so head coach Doug Marrone won’t be criticized much if he chooses the rookie over the Super Bowl champion quarterback to start on Sunday.
The over is 2-1 in the Jags’ last three home games.
The Jaguars win, 27-24.
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