Jaguars vs. Ravens Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 06, 2019

Leonard Fournette could be set for a bounce-back year. The former LSU standout running back seemed at odds with team management when Jacksonville’s season went off the rails a year ago.

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August 08, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
14-2
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +154
Over / Under o +31
Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +31

The Blake Bortles era is finally over in Jacksonville and Jaguars supporters are hoping Super Bowl MVP winner Nick Foles can right the ship after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Bettors will get their first look of Foles in Doug Marrone’s offence on Thursday night when the Jags visit the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes to win games and he doesn’t waiver from this position during the exhibition calendar. Baltimore is 30-15 against the spread since Harbaugh became head coach in 2008. The team is a perfect 13-0 straight up in its last three pre-season campaigns. 

Harbaugh and Pete Carroll are the only two active NFL head coaches with 60 percent or better ATS win rates in the exhibition schedule. It’s no small coincidence the Ravens are among the biggest favourites in Week 1 of the pre-season. Harbaugh’s reputation for winning this time of year is well known among sharp bettors.

Jags coach Doug Marrone is completely average – like his taste in sandwiches – in the pre-season. Jacksonville went 3-1 straight up and against the spread last August but it lost its exhibition opener to the New Orleans Saints.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette could be set for a bounce-back year. The former LSU standout running back seemed at odds with team management when Jacksonville’s season went off the rails a year ago.

But Fournette is back in the Marrone’s good graces, and that could be big news for prop bettors and fantasy football players. New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has talked openly about using Fournette more in the team’s passing game. 

Running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray were both active participants in the run game last season while DeFilippo was calling the shots in Minnesota.

Marrone told reporters he’s not sure if Nick Foles will play on Thursday against the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens made the decision to go forward with Lamar Jackson as their starting quarterback. The first year player showed brilliant moments in the second half of the season, but he fell flat in his in NFL playoff debut.

Backup QB Robert Griffin III is not expecting to play on Thursday while he continues to recover from a broken bone in his throwing hand. That means a lot of snaps for rookie sixth round draft pick Trace McSorley and Joe Callahan. 

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