The AFC South and AFC West clash in Week 3 of 2022 NFL Season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars return to Cali to face the Los Angles Chargers Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium.
Jacksonville enters this game on a high after a 24-0 win over the Indianapolis Colts. To date, the Doug Pederson/Trevor Lawrence combination has paid more dividends than Urban Meyer and Lawrence. Given the time to find receivers and open the game in progress, Lawrence has been solid and finally reminds everyone why he was nicknamed “Soccer Jesus.”
The Chargers suffered a tough defeat after a brave effort against the Kansas City Chiefs, albeit without Keenan Allen. The Chargers still sit at the sixth-lowest odds to win the Super Bowl (+1500 on FOX Bet) and the Chargers are expected to put together a solid run for a high playoff start. A win here could be the start of a four or five game winning streak to firmly place them at the top of the standings.
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the Jaguars Chargers game, from point spread, moneyline, total over/under and expert picks (odds via FOX Bet):
TIED TOGETHER: Week 3 rows, odds
jaguars @ Charger (4:05 p.m. ET Sunday, CBS)
Point distribution: Chargers -7.0 (Chargers prefer to win by more than 7 points, otherwise Jaguars cover unless if Chargers win by 7 points then it’s a push)
money line: Favorite -303 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $13.33 total); Misfit +220 Misfit win (bet $10 to win $32 total)
Total score over/under: Both teams scored 47.5 points together
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FOX Sports Betting Analyst’s Picks Geoff Schwartz:
The Jaguars are playing excellent football at the moment, even if they are 1-1 after two weeks. Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric places Jacksonville as the second most efficient team in the NFL entering its third week.
Head coach Doug Pederson has second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence playing at the level that people have come to expect of him. He’s completed nine percent more passes this season, has more passing yards per attempt and has reduced risky plays.
The Jaguars’ offensive line and rushing attack are greatly improved, and they’ll need those tackles to play well again this weekend against a Chargers pass rush that can ruin an offensive game plan.
On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars’ defense has been outstanding so far this season. They’re ranked 5th in opposing passers-by, have forced at least three turnovers in both games and individual players have been living up to their potential – including pass rusher Josh Allen with two sacks and rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd with 17 tackles so far.
The Chargers could be without Keenan Allen again this weekend, but more importantly, quarterback Justin Herbert is injured. He is listed as having broken rib cartilage on a daily basis and while he can act through the pain, it gets tougher once he gets hit on Sunday.
How effective can he be through the game? hard to know
The Chargers can try to lean on their running game for offense, but that hasn’t been good so far this season. They rank 31st in the NFL with 2.7 yards per attempt.
I will happily take a confident Jaguars team to cover the seven points against a Chargers team that always leaves me wanting more.
Choose: Jaguars (+7 on FOX Bet) lose by less than 7 points (or win outright)
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