Jaguars vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 14, 2018

The Minnesota Vikings have been a great pre-season team for years and head into this week's matchup with Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars as 4.5-point favourite.

August 18, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +175
Over / Under o +40
Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -210
Over / Under u +40

We have Saturday afternoon NFL action this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, two very good teams from 2017, square off in Week 2 of the pre-season from Minneapolis.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

If you are a Jaguars pre-season backer, perhaps it’s a good thing this isn’t a home game as the club has lost its past three exhibition games there. Coach Doug Marrone is 5-8-1 against the spread in his pre-season career including when he was head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Oddsmakers have the Jaguars pegged as 4.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds board.

This is the first NFL game at U.S. Bank Stadium since February’s amazing offensive show between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, won by Philadelphia. I wouldn’t expect Minneapolis to host again anytime soon as the league likes to generally give the game to warm-weather locations. The Vikings’ Mike Zimmer is one of the most successful pre-season coaches in the league right now with a career ATS mark of 13-5.

These teams last played in Week 14 of the 2016 regular season, a 25-16 Vikings road victory – both clubs are way better now, although Jacksonville is still led by quarterback Blake Bortles. It was Sam Bradford back then for Minnesota. Last season, the Vikings lost in the NFC title and the Jaguars in the AFC version.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags were 2-point home favourites last week and lost 24-20 to New Orleans, blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. Bortles looked solid in his limited action, going 6-for-9 for 53 yards with a touchdown run. New backup Cody Kessler played the majority of the game and was 14-for-17 for 139 yards and a touchdown. We know for sure of five players who will not play for Jacksonville here: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey, defensive linemen Dante Fowler, Dawuane Smoot and Eli Ankou, and left guard Andrew Norwell. The latter three are dealing with injuries, while Ramsey, one of the NFL’s best defensive players, and Fowler were both suspended all this week. Fowler kept fighting in practice and Ramsey had some non-PC things to say to the media about it. Fowler also will miss the season opener as punishment for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Minnesota Vikings

This is Minnesota’s first home game since beating the New Orleans Saints in the most miraculous postseason ending in NFL history in last season’s Divisional Round. The next week, the Vikings would get pummeled in the NFC title game in Philadelphia. This will also be new starting QB Kirk Cousins’ home debut in a Vikings uniform. The former Washington Redskins was 4-for-4 for 42 yards with a touchdown in last week’s 42-28 win in Denver. His backup, Trevor Siemian, then led Minnesota on three scoring drives. The Vikings already have dealt with one major injury, losing offensive guard Nick Easton to a season-ending neck injury.

Jaguars vs. Vikings Prediction