Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Wild-Card Betting Pick – January 14





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Undoubtedly one of the more intriguing NFL playoff match-ups in this weekend’s wild-card round will be the Chargers vs. Jaguars, which pits two of the game’s best young stars at the quarterback position, facing off against one another.

It promises to be quite the showdown as a result on Saturday evening, as Justin Herbert and the Chargers head to Florida, to take on Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars.

Both of these franchise’s fortunes have changed drastically since getting their new generational play-caller. Herbert has taken big strides all year, overcome heavy injuries within his squad, to lead Los Angeles on a second-half surge to get to this point, in one of football’s toughest divisions.

Meanwhile for the Jags, their struggles are well-documented. This was once a laughing stock of a team, but Trevor Lawrence rebounded in is sophomore campaign to deliver an impressive season. He’s loaded with talented receiving options, and will be keen to prove that he is one of the best emerging quarterbacks in the sport. No better time to do that than the playoffs.

The playoffs are always exciting, and that is only magnified when two stars at the quarterback position end up going head-to-head. The post-season is also where legends are made, and both Justin Herbert, and Trevor Lawrence will be seeking their first big moment, in their first playoff start. It should make for a thrilling encounter. For further insight on this battle between these new playoff-bound squads, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for a full matchup preview, trends, and the latest information to help you make an informed decision for round one of the post-season!

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

SPREAD-2 (-110)+2 (-110)
TOTALOver 47.5 (-110)Under 47.5 (-110)
Overall Record10-79-8
ATS Record11-68-9
Home/Away Record5-45-2
Points Per Game23.323.0
Points Against Per Game22.620.9
Passing Yards Per Game271.8236.2
Rushing Yards Per Game89.2123.9

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction

Though oddly Brandon Staley insisted on playing his starters last week deep into a meaningless matchup against the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles avoided any sort of big injury. Mike Williams left the game banged-up, but by all accounts he’ll be set and ready to catch deep balls from Justin Herbert on Saturday evening.

That’s great news for the Chargers, as they are finally fully healthy, and ready to play to their pre-season expectations. While injuries derailed much of the Chargers’ regular season, they’re getting hot at precisely the right time, and enter this wild-card showdown vs. Jacksonville with all of their key pieces.

The Chargers have proven they can score at will, and move the ball on anyone. And though the Jags’ stop unit has improved steadily throughout the season, there are few teams who can cover a receiving trio of Josh Palmer, Williams, and Keenan Allen downfield. Austin Ekeler has also been a first-down machine of late, and his ability as a receiver should also help to spread the Jacksonville defense, and keep the chains moving. Expect a big offensive showing from Justin Herbert.

On the other side of the football, it’s going to be interesting to see if Jacksonville can keep pace with the talent and precision of the Chargers’ offense. Los Angeles is going to score, and the Jags will simply need to execute to keep this one tight throughout. In a must-win spot last week vs. Tennessee, it actually wasn’t Lawrence and the Jags’ offense that led them to the win, their key points were scored via their defense!

That won’t work for the second straight week, and Lawrence will need to be sharper and more precise on his passes, if he wants to trouble a talented Los Angeles defensive unit. Joey Bosa is back from injury, and along with Khalil Mack – that duo forms one of the NFL’s top pass rushes. Lawrence will be hounded in the pocket, and might not have much time and space to operate and survey downfield options. Add in the fact that he has lost Cam Robinson along his offensive line, and the pressure L.A. generates up front, should really limit what Jacksonville can do through the air.

Chargers vs. Jaguars Trends To Know:

  • Jaguars are 54-100 ATS against non-divisional opponents since 2008.
  • Jaguars are 12-27 ATS as home favorites since 2008.
  • Chargers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wildcard games.

This should be a thrilling encounter in the NFL’s Wild-Card round, pitting two of the sport’s youngest and brightest QB talents. That said, it is the Chargers who hold a decisive edge, given their health, and receiving talent downfield. Expect Lawrence to face some hiccups without Cam Robinson protecting his blind side, and the tandem of Bosa and Mack should lead the Chargers to a key road victory.

Our Pick
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