VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
DP Notes - Jaguars at Steelers
Check out more NFL Playoff Odds at BookMaker.eu!

Back in Week 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars effectively announced their arrival when they crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9.

The Steelers have been stewing on that loss for the last three months, and they're getting their chance to avenge said defeat when these two teams meet in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

When teams meet in the regular season then again in the playoffs, the betting lines are often vastly different. In the case of the Jaguars and the Steelers, though, the more things have changed, the more they've ultimately been the same.

Advertisement
Back in Week 5, the Steelers were 7.5-point favorites against Jacksonville alongside a total. Should the over/under recover the half-point it lost in early betting, we'll have an exact replication of the Week 5 betting line three months later in the playoffs.

The Lowdown

It's an interesting week in the NFL in that, the highest total of the four games is just 47. The Steelers and Jaguars have the lowest total of the four, a number that opened at 41 and dipped to 40.5.

Should this game slip into the 30s, it would be the first time a Divisional Round playoff game featured a total in the 30s since the Texans and Ravens met on January 15, 2012. That game featured T.J. Yates at quarterback for Houston in place of the injured Matt Schaub.

The bigger story, though, is that this is the first year since the 1998 playoffs that none of the four playoff games in the Divisional Round of the playoffs featured a total of 48 or higher.

Putting the 'L's in Jacksonville

When the book is closed on Ben Roethlisberger's career, there's no doubt that he's going to have a bust in Canton. He's been one of the best quarterbacks of our generation, and there are only two teams who he has posted a losing record against here at Heinz Field.

One of those teams isn't surprising. New England has owned the Steelers in the Roethlisberger/Tom Brady era, going 5-2 in that span in Pittsburgh.

The other is Jacksonville. The Jaguars are a whopping 4-1 against Roethlisberger in his career here in the Keystone State, including handing Big Ben and company a 31-28 loss in the '08 playoffs.

Going All the Way Down

The Jaguars were built on their defense all season long, but Wild Card weekend was defense personified in Duval County. "Sacksonville" was all over Tyrod Taylor all game long until he was finally forced out with a head injury on the final drive. The Jags won the game 10-3 in what was tied for the sixth-lowest scoring postseason game in NFL history and the lowest since 1997 when the Steelers and Patriots combined to score just 13 points.

How bad were things for the Jacksonville offense? The Jags became the first team since the 2000 playoffs to win a game with fewer than 100 passing yards. Blake Bortles also became the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win a playoff game with more rushing yards than passing yards.

Jaguars vs. Steelers Playoff History
2008 (at Pittsburgh): Jaguars 31, Steelers 28 (Steelers +2.5 / Over 40)

Jaguars vs. Steelers Opening NFL Odds
Jaguars at Steelers (-7, 41)

Jaguars vs. Steelers Current NFL Odds (Updated 1/7)
Jaguars at Steelers (-7.5, 40.5)

(Odds courtesy of BookMaker.eu)

  
HEADLINES
· Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 4
· Williams: Opening Line Report - Week 4
· YouWager.eu: Games to Watch - Week 4
· YouWager.eu: Hot & Not Report
· Roberts: Lions save Books in Week 3
· Williams: Betting Recap - Week 3
· Big Ben shines, Steelers hold off Bucs
· Browns name Mayfield starting QB
· Carroll: Thomas will face consequences
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
9-2 Totals, 11-4 Picks, +1,096 TY
7-3 L10, 23-7 Run, 13-3 G-Plays
8-3 Picks, 13-4 GPlays, 13-5 Totals
6-1 Totals, 10-2 This Season
10-0 Record Sunday, 7-2 G-Plays
6-0 L3 Thurs., 6-3 Sun., +965 TY
7-2 Week 3, 19-7 L26 Selections
5-0 Last Sunday, 7-1 L8, 14-5 Run
6-0 L6 G-Plays, 10-4 L14 Picks
7-1 NFL Guarantees TY
4-1 Last Sunday, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
6-2 Week 3, 3-1 L4 G-Plays/Totals
8-4 Record, 3-1 Guarantees TY
5-2 Week 3, 14-5 L3 Sundays
4-0 G-Plays TY, 7-3 L10 Picks
6-1 Week 3 Record
4-1 Last Sunday, 10-6 Overall TY
3-0 L3 Picks, 3-1 L4 Totals/G-Plays
8-4 G-Plays This Season
3-1 L4 G-Plays, 5-2 Sunday
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks
2018 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 1442
Jimmy Boyd + 1096
Bruce Marshall + 1092
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 990
The Gold Sheet + 507
Pat Hawkins + 497
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Paul Bovi 83 %
Brian Bitler 74 %
Kyle Hunter 67 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 882
Bruce Marshall + 742
Matt Fargo + 650
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 860
Jimmy Boyd + 685
Micah Roberts + 543
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 827
Doc's Sports + 380
Marc Lawrence + 370
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership