2018 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 18, 2018
This pick was released to clients on August 15, 2018 at 2:38PM ET.
Jacksonville at Minnesota
Saturday 08/18 01:00 PM Eastern
1 unit on Game Total UNDER 40 -105 (risk 1 to return 1.95) RESULT: WIN
A pair of teams that like to run the football, and are both loaded with great defensive talent and depth. The Jaguars will play it boring on offense with an unimpressive QB rotation of Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler and Tanner Lee. The trio took six sacks last week. They are playing without two starting offensive linemen - left guard Andrew Norwell (calf) and right tackle Jermey Parnell (precaution). They have little to prove in preseason after making it to the AFC Championship game last year, so the focus is on health especially this being their first road game. At least the defense is playing well, holding the Saints to 265 total yards. Minnesota was involved in a 42-28 shootout win at Denver in Week 1, but that's not the norm under Coach Mike Zimmer, a defensive guy. The offense has key injuries on the line to center Pat Elflein (shoulder, ankle) and guards Mike Remmers (ankle) and Nick Easton. Easton will miss the season. Last preseason, they had 17-10 and 20-13 games in Week 1 and 2, and two preseasons ago their first two exhibition games were by scores of 17-16 and 18-11. They get back to that low-scoring style this week, so back th UNDER in this one.