The Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8 straight up, 8-9 against the spread) pounced on the Los Angeles Chargers (10-7 SU, 11-5-1 ATS), 38-10, back in Week 3, but this time, the stakes are much higher.
The two teams battle it out again on the AFC Wild Card stage this Saturday, and there are plenty of Chargers vs. Jaguars player props and anytime touchdown scorer bets that bettors can play with. Take a look at the few that we think are strong bets.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Wild Card Odds
The Chargers (between -115 and -130 on the moneyline as of Wednesday morning) are 1- to 2.5-point home favorites against a Jaguars team that has won its last five contests. Bettors can grab the underdog with odds ranging from -105 to +110.
Both teams have made bettors quite some money under certain circumstances this season. The Chargers went 7-2 ATS on the road and 4-1 as the road favorite. The Bolts also haven’t lost ATS in each of their last five games. Jacksonville, meanwhile, went 7-5 as the underdog and 4-0 as the home underdog.
The consensus pick for this contest differs depending on the type of bet. The Jags have received 56% of moneyline tickets at DraftKings, but only 38% of spread tickets.
The Over/Under total for this matchup is set at 47.5 points on legal US sports betting apps — the second-highest of any Wild Card contest.
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Player Props, TD Scorer Bets for LAC-JAX AFC Wild Card
Austin Ekeler Anytime TD Scorer (-148, BetRivers)
There are very few players, if any, who can score touchdowns both through the air and on the ground as efficiently as Austin Ekeler. He may be the most prolific and versatile touchdown scorer over the past two seasons.
Ekeler has more touchdowns (38) than he has games played (33) since 2020. He has 18 touchdowns on the season and has scored in 11 of his 17 appearances.
It’s playoff time, which means the Bolts need their stars, particularly Ekeler, to shine even brighter.
Mike Williams may be out with a back injury that he picked up in last week’s meaningless game, so Ekeler should see extra work out of the backfield that could possibly go for a score.
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Trevor Lawrence Under 245.5 Passing Yards (-106, Caesars)
Trevor Lawrence put together a stretch of games from November to December where he finally looked like the first overall pick, but he’s cooled down mightily as of late. The Jaguars quarterback fell short of 247 yards passing in his last three outings to close the regular season.
In Lawrence’s eight games with at least 246 passing yards this season, he’s thrown the ball north of 36 times in each. He needs to throw a ton in order to rack up enough yards. However, Los Angeles allows the second-fewest completions (18.2) and the third-fewest pass attempts (29.7) per game.
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Keenan Allen Over 75.5 Receiving Yards (-115, DraftKings & BetMGM)
Keenan Allen was looking every bit of 30 years old in the first half of the season, playing just two of the team’s first nine games for a grand total of 77 yards receiving. However, he seems to have turned it all around.
Allen, who’s coming off a season-high 120 yards against the Denver Broncos in the regular season finale, has topped 75.5 yards receiving in six of his eight games and averaged 84.4 over that span since returning from an early-season hamstring injury.
If Mike Williams is bothered by a bum back and cannot run his routes properly, then Allen should see a few extra looks and pick up extra yardage.