The Jacksonville Jaguars have had an extra week to prepare. The Oakland Raiders are coming off an emotional loss. Is this a ripe opportunity to take Jacksonville? I say that's a bad idea, so let's take a closer look at why.
This is a point spread I don't understand at all. In the offseason, the Raiders were 5.5 point favorites. The look-ahead line last week was -4.5. It re-opened at -5, but early money actually came in on the Jaguars (odds from SBRforum). I know this move isn't based on any mismatches on the field, so what is the thinking here? Does a bye week really mean that much for the Jaguars? Do some expect a letdown after Oakland came up short in Atlanta?
This is going to be a short segment. There isn't a single statistical advantage the Jaguars have on the Raiders. I've written about the ineptness of Jacksonville before, so I feel I should simply copy and paste at this point.