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2005 Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Handicapping Review Part 2


By Tom Wilkinson


Jacksonville was 5-3 both straight up and against the online sports betting odds as they headed into the bye week after thoroughly confusing even the best experts at sports handicapping pro football picks. It seemed as if the entire sports betting community was chasing its tails with Jaguar games, always behind the curve and late with most reactive losses to the online sports betting websites and sportsbooks.

Jacksonville kicked off the second half of their season by hosting Detroit. The sports betting odds makers installed the Jags as 3.5-point chalks and this game had one of those weird feelings to it, which many veteran sports betting players had known before meant to avoid the game, period. The Jags won in overtime 23-17 to set up a seemingly winnable home game against struggling Tennessee.

With their win over Detroit, which improved Jacksonville’s record to 6-3 both straight up and against the sports betting odds, many online sports betting posts were full of sports betting players professing renewed faith in the Jags, particularly against a struggling Tennessee team, which had lost 6 of their previous 8 both straight up and against the sports betting odds. The Jags were installed as a 3.5-point favorite, which many considered a gift with their football picks. Once again, however, Jacksonville confounded the sports betting players with a 15-18 loss.

At this point the wiser amongst the sports handicapping fraternity were just avoiding Jacksonville games all together rather than attempt to get a read on what this totally confusing team would do next against the sports betting odds. After a 16-27 loss at Minnesota, Jacksonville was written off and forgotten and many sports betting players, in fact, started thinking that they were now a go against team. The scorching red hot Pittsburgh Steelers came to Jacksonville next, and the “smart money” for this Sunday Night TV game was all over The Steelers. And once again, the Jags surprised and confounded sports betting players, losing 16-17 as 3-point dogs. They continued to confuse online sports betting players with a home win and “RE”-cover against Chicago, and then blew out multitudes of sports betting bankrolls with a stunning 28-25 win at Green Bay over the Packers and the cold weather theory. Then, with the sports handicapping community









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