Maybe the biggest mismatch of the week as the 2-0 Cards travel to Duval to take on the winless Jaguars. Will the Cards stick to the script and move to 3-0 or, will the Jags get a shock win to kickstart their season?
Jacksonville suffered defeat again in Week 2 as they fell to the Denver Broncos 23-13 in a game they never looked like winning. Urban Meyer seems to be having a hard time adjusting to the NFL and so does his rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, who doesn’t seem to be handling defensive pressure very well, ranking dead last in production when blitzed. Unfortunately for Lawrence, he finds himself against a Cardinals defense that boasts Chandler Jones and J.J Watt this week so it’s not about to get any easier for the rookie signal-caller.
The Cardinals rode their luck in Week 2 as they just about scraped past the Minnesota Vikings to keep their unbeaten start to the year going. Kyler Murray for MVP has been a popular talking point recently and his 689 yards and 9 total TDs are what people are referencing when asked why. He will be looking to add to that narrative in Week 3 as well with the Jags giving up over 290 yards passing, 2TDs and zero INTs to both Tyrod Taylor and Teddy Bridgewater so far this season. Murray and this Cardinals offense are better than anything this Jags D has faced so far, which is why Murray’s U/O passing yard number confuses me. Currently set at 282.5, a number Murray has bested in both games this season as well as the Jags giving up more than that through the air to lesser passers, I feel like that number should be 10 yards higher so we’re taking the value here paired with a Cardinals adjusted handicap win.
Spread: Cardinals -7.5
Total Match Points line: U/O 51.0
Game Prediction: Cardinals 28-6 Jaguars
Best Bet: Kyler Murray over 282.5 passing yards & Cardinals -3.5 points @ 17/10 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]