Posted 09/09/2010 at 07:44 AM
Futures are a great way to make some easy money against Vegas and this NFL Season is no exception. I have six NFL Futures for 2010 and am posting one below for you to check out and take advantage of. I could not be more excited for this 2010 football season and this is just the beginning. -Vince 4-STAR Jacksonville Under 7 (-120) – Jacksonville’s 7-9 finish was a fluky as could be as their final five wins came by 3, 3, 2, 3, and 5 points. On average they were outscored by 5.6 points per game. It’s a team that lacks identity and looks to get run over in a strong division. Simply put, Jacksonville just doesn’t do anything particularly well. Last year they ranked 18th in yards per game on offense and 24th in points scored. Defensively, they were no better, ranking 23rd in yards per game and 24th in points per game. There’s nothing particularly strong about their special teams as well. The one shining light on this team is Maurice-Jones Drew. Unfortunately he plays the one position where almost every other team in the league as realized its more beneficial to play two backs (remember when Jacksonville was one of the first to realize this with him and Fred Taylor) instead of one. The problem is with Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim behind him, Jacksonville simply has no one to split time with Jones-Drew. If Jones-Drew were to miss time this season, which certainly seems possible as he’s already done for the rest of the pre-season, the Jags would be one of the league’s worst teams. Jones-Drew carried the ball 115 more times last season than any other in his career and the chances he can do that again are unlikely.
They are going to need Jones-Drew because their passing game is still subpar. At best David Garrard is the small-market version of Jason Campbell. The real problem is their lack of receivers. Mike Sims-Walker had a breakout year last year but he still has some question marks and that’s just all they have as Mike Thomas takes the other starting spot with no one else of note. They’ve revamped the defensive line with Aaron Kampman and four draft picks but it’s still not an above average squad and the same could be said about their linebackers. The secondary is the real problem as their pass defense was 27th last year and they added no one in the secondary. In a division with Peyton Manning, Matt Schuab and Vince Young, this is a problem. Jacksonville’s divisional breakdown lands them one of the hardest divisions (NFC East) and easiest divisions (AFC West) in addition to their own, which they could easily go 0-6 in. Looking at the early lines, Jacksonville is only favored in three games with three more pick ‘ems. Not the confidence you’d want to see towards the over from Vegas. SPORTSBOOK BREAKERS PREDICTION: Jacksonville 5-11, 4th in AFC South