- The Los Angeles Chargers opened as 2.5-point favorites to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The Jaguars have -110 odds to cover a +1-point spread.
- The Chargers have the fourth-best ATS record this season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NFL playoffs are here and the first Saturday Night game of the playoffs will see the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Los Angeles Chargers where Los Angeles is going into the game as just a 1-point favorite.
Los Angeles Chargers Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- Chargers -1 (-105)
- Jaguars +1 (-115)
From the jump, NFL oddsmakers were listing this as a close game as the Chargers opened as a 2.5-point favorite before the public brought it down to the 1-point spread that it currently sits at. The Chargers are taking roughly 65% of bets and the handle to cover the spread, however, what might’ve brought the spread down is the 57% of bets that Jacksonville is taking on the moneyline.
Both Teams Scorching ATS This Season
There are plenty of factors that come into play about why oddsmakers set this game so close. The LA Chargers went 11-5-1 against the spread this season and finished the season on a 3-game ATS winning streak. While the Jaguars are 8-9 ATS, they finished off strong covering in three of their last four games and with a +4.7-cover margin for the year.
Even in different scenarios, both teams are thriving as well. As a home underdog this season, the Jags are 4-0 ATS and not only covering their games by +12.6 points, but averaging a 9.5-point winning margin. As road team favorites, the Chargers are 4-1 ATS with +3.5 points on the average cover margin and 6.6 points on the winning margin.
These two did play earlier in the season where the Chargers went in as a 6.5-point favorites in Los Angeles where the Jaguars ended up winning 38-10.
Trends To Keep In Mind
- Jags are 3-0-1 ATS against a team with a .500 record or better
- Jaguars are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in January
- Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Wild Card games
- Chargers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games
- The favorite in the last 11 meetings has gone 8-3 ATS
- Chargers are 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings in Jacksonville
Jaguars to cover and win the game?
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