Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Betting odds, lines, picks and predictions

The Chargers are a touchdown favorite against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but how will Justin Herbert’s rib injury affect offense?

This season has already gone through the whole spectrum. Two weeks later we’ve seen some big upsets, some surprising 2-0 teams, unsurprising 0-2 teams and lots of sloppy football with few teams taking preseason seriously. The more games we get, the more everything should level out, which will hopefully lead to a bit more predictability for weather.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers (-7, 47)

The big story in the City of Angels this week is the health of Herbert, whose rib cartilage injury is reportedly very painful but something he could theoretically play through. The question is whether or not the Chargers want to risk it with the Jaguars and Texans on the horizon before the schedule ramps up with the Browns and Broncos in Weeks 5 and 6.

Up to this point, we don’t have a concrete answer as to whether Herbert will try or Chase Daniel will be called out. This game is likely to switch to a pick ’em or Chargers -1 if Daniel goes first, so patience will be a virtue heading into the weekend. The Chargers and an injured Herbert snuck in through the back door with a late touchdown on Josh Palmer in the 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.

The Jaguars looked like a completely different team from Week 1 through Week 2 as they knocked out the Colts 24-0 to go up to 1-1. Doug Pederson’s team has forced six turnovers in two games and has been strong against the run, conceding just 139 yards on 41 attempts. Jacksonville’s five interceptions are tied for the league lead, but Matt Ryan and Carson Wentz aren’t on Herbert’s level.

It’s difficult to speculate about what’s going to happen here so far before kick-off as Herbert’s status obviously affects both the team and the whole. The same goes for Keenan Allen, who missed the midweek game against the Chiefs but has a good chance of returning for this game. If Herbert plays (and he’s leaning that way), the Chargers could very well be the best pick for NFL Survivor this week.

A bet to consider is Christian Kirk for 62.5 yards at DraftKings. Kirk has played over 90% of the snaps in two weeks and has yarded 117 and 78 yards respectively in those games.

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