Jaguars a Bigger Betting Favorite in Week 15 After Urban Meyer Firing

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  • After the firing of head coach Urban Meyer last Thursday, the Jacksonville Jaguars have seen their spread odds for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans go up to 5.5 points from 3.5 points.
  • Meyer was a -140 favorite to be the Jaguars’ head coach in week 1 of the 2022 season one day before he received the pink slip.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has opened as favorite to replace Meyer on a full-time basis

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ have seen their betting odds for Sunday’s game improve after the team fired head coach Urban Meyer.

One week ago, the Jaguars opened as 3.5 point favorites. After the line was taken down last Sunday when the Week 14 slate started, Jacksonville resurfaced as three-point spread betting favorites. When news of Meyer’s firing hit mainstream and social media, the line grew to four points. With the public continuing to buy into the narrative that the Jaguars are going to get at least a short-term morale boost, the line has moved 1.5 points further in their favor. And that’s where we currently stand.

Jaguars a Bigger Betting Favorite With Meyer Gone

The Jaguars are -5.5 point spread and -215 Moneyline favorites to beat the Texans in Jacksonville. This is the second meeting between these two teams this season. The Texans closed as three-point home underdogs against the Jaguars in their season opener and won the game 37-21 for their seventh straight win over Jacksonville in this AFC South matchup.

Houston though has lost three in a row since defeating the Tennessee Titans as 10-point road underdogs in Week 11. During that stretch, the Texans have been outscored 85-27, including 64-13 in the last two games and 31-0 against the Colts two weeks ago. Houston is 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games played so we’ll see how things go on Sunday.

As for the Jaguars, Jacksonville is just 2-11 SU and 5-8 ATS after 13 games played this season. They are coming off a 20-0 loss to the Titans, a defeat that ultimately became the final straw in Meyer’s tenure as Jacksonville coach. 2021 NFL Draft top pick Trevor Lawrence threw a career-worst four interceptions in that game and Lawrence fewer 300-yard passing games than Texans’ rookie starter Davis Mills. But with Meyer gone, things could change, hopefully for the better for Lawrence.

Meyer Fired by the Jaguars

Meyer was fired by the Jaguars early on Thursday after a 2-11 SU start to the season. But perhaps more than that, he committed a series of off-field blunders that included videos of him behaving inappropriately with a woman that wasn’t his wife, reports of him berating his assistants, attempting to hire a strength coach who was accused of racism and bullying in Iowa, and having no. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence alternate days with the first team with Gardner Minshew during training camp.

The dismissal came just one day after online sportsbook BetOnline said that Meyer was a -140 betting favorite to be the Jaguars’ head coach during Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. 80% of the bets though, bet against Meyer at even money and won the bet easily. Last month, Meyer was also second in the BetOnline oddsboard to become the first head coach fired at +225. Bears head coach Matt Nagy was favorite at +190 but instead, Nagy is still in Chicago and Meyer got the pink slip.

With Darren Bevill taking over on an interim basis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has opened as the +400 betting favorite to become the Jaguars’ next head coach. Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is next at +500 while Bevell is third at +550. Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady follow at +700 and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson completes the odds board at +900.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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