The 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars suffered a painfully brutal season that only saw a single victory. However, that putrid season sowed the seeds of future success as they out tanked the New York Jets and secured a franchise quarterback. National Champion Trevor Lawrence along with Clemson running mate Travis Etienne come to Florida in hopes of turning around the floundering franchise.
As if that wasn’t enough change, new head coach Urban Meyer even brought on his favorite human and former New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow! Let’s get into the sports betting odds and otherwise for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2021 NFL season.
Jacksonville Jaguar O/U Odds
First and foremost their O/U, according to Fanduel, sits at 6.5 (-110). For a team that only won a single game last year that might seem like quite a jump. But, it’s worth pointing out that this roster bears little resemblance to the 2020 squad. Time will tell if the Clemson couple of Lawrence and Etienne can lift the Jaguars from mediocrity.
Lawrence looks every bit the franchise quarterback, a proverbial “five tool” player who looks to have been made in a lab. BetRivers installed Lawrence as a +300 favorite for offensive rookie of the year. Eyeing the rest of his competition, you have to like his chances due to opportunity and his gaudy college resumé.
The decision to draft Etienne rather bolster a dying defense raised eyebrows. BetMGM put his O/U for rushing yards at 624.5 (-110). That also looks parlay worthy since Meyers and General Manager Trent Baalke will be pushing to justify the high draft pick.
Trevor Lawrence Odds
BetRivers posted Lawrence’s O/U for yards at 4150.5 (Over -108 / Under -115). Even in today’s pass-happy NFL, that’s a ton of yards. For reference, Andrew Luck owns the rookie record at 4,374. Other than Luck, only Justin Herbert has ever eclipsed Lawrence’s O/U mark. One probability going in the over’s favor is that the Jaguars will likely be behind in many games this year, forcing them to throw.
BetRivers also set Lawrence’s O/U for passing touchdowns at 24.5 (Over -125 / Under +100). In the history of the NFL, only four QBs ever threw for more than 24: Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, and Justin Herbert. As you can see, both of these O/Us are pushing you to bet the over.
It’s worth mentioning that Lawrence runs like a stallion and will sacrifice a few passing touchdowns with his legs. It’s also a good time to mention, BetMGM set Lawrence’s rushing TD O/U at 3.5 (Over +100 / Under -120). Clemson’s QB stardom looks undeniable but parlaying the under for both passing yards and passing TDs nets you nearly 4-1 odds, just saying..
Tim Tebow Triumphant Return?
After toiling away in the New York Mets minor league system, Tebow returns to football thanks to his old college coach. It remains to see whether or not he’ll actually make the roster. Even if Tebow makes the final 53, his role remains unclear.
Evidently, BetRivers sees Tebow more as a tight end than quarterback. His O/U props: receiving yards O/U 12.5 (Over +125 / Under -159) receiving touchdowns O/U .5 ( Over +225 / Under -305). Meyers really loves Tebow like a son and the odds are good enough that it might be worth laying a few bucks on the touchdown over, as it only takes one.