2013 NFL Preseason Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

2013 NFL Preseason Preview

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars

Can the Jaguars finally win a preseason game? Will Philadelphia Eagles (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) risk playing their new starting quarterback Michael Vick longer than a quarter? The Eagles travel to EverBank Field in Jacksonville to meet the Jaguars on Saturday at 7:30pmET.  Check out this NFL Preview below and key injuries here.

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Current and Opening Odds
Philadelphia opened as a 3-point betting odds favorite and moved to 3.5 in most books. The total opened at 43.5 and moved to 43 in most books.
Latest preseason trends:
Philadelphia is:

    • 15-5-1 last 21 matchups on the over bet. 

 

Jacksonville is:

    • 5-1-1 ATS last 7 in Week 3.

 

  • 4-1 ATS last 5 as home dogs. 

 

 

The Eagles’ offense is coming around
The Eagles put up just 14 points last week against Carolina at home, but they had 25 first downs and ran for 166 yards. Starting quarterback Michael Vick completed 9-of-10 for 105 passes but did throw an interception. 

The offense clicked even though they didn’t always  finish drives. Vick will be the starter this season as he’s completed 13-of-15 passes in two games for 199 yards. Nick Foles wasn’t bad, but hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in two games. He did run for a score against Carolina last week. 

Defensively, the Eagles will be tested a little more on the ground against Jacksonville. Last week, Carolina ran for just 74 yards on 25 carries. 
 
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Weather
Kickoff temperature: 81. Southwest wind 5-10. 40 percent chance thunderstorms.. 
Gabbert will sit this one out
Blaine Gabbert will start for Jacksonvile on Sept. 8, but he won’t play the rest of the preseason. He suffered a hairline fracture of his right thumb, suffered in the team’s 37-13 loss to the New York Jets on Saturday.

Gabber beat out Chad Henne, after tossing for 165 yards with one touchdown on 13-of-16 passing. Henne threw for 30 yards on 4-of-10 passing last week. He’ll get the nod with Matt Scott and Mike Kafka backing up. 

The good news is that Cecil Shorts is back from a calf injury and practiced this week. He expects to play on Saturday, which certainly can’t hurt the passing game. 
QB Rotations
Philadelphia
Michael Vick

Nick Foles
Matt Barkley (R)

Jacksonville
Blaine Gabbert 

Chad Henne
Mike Kafka
Matt Scott (R)
NFL Preseason Logs
Last Five Years
Philadelphia
2008 Results
at Pittsburgh        L       +1    10-16    u33′
Carolina               W      -3     24-13    o36
at New England  W     +3     27-17    o37
NY Jets                  L      -3     20-27    o35′

2009 Results
New England      L     +3     27-38     o37
at Indianapolis    L     -3’    15-23      o36’
Jacksonville         L      -7’    33-32     o37’
at NY Jets             L     +3     27-38     o37

2010 Results
Jacksonville       L       -3     28-27      o33
at Cincinnati       L      +2’     9-22       u39
at Kansas City   W     -1’     20-17      u40
NY Jets                L       -2    17-21       o34

2011 Results
Baltimore            W        -3     13-6       u34
at Pittsburgh       L        +3   14-24       o35’
Cleveland           W       -6’    24-14      u39
at NY Jets           W       -3’    24-14      o36

2012 Results
Pittsburgh             P         -1     24-23    o35
at New England  W        -3      27-17    o41
at Cleveland        W        +4’    27-10    u37’
New York Jets     W         -5     28-10    o36’
  
2013 Results
New England        L        -3′   22-31      o40
Carolina               W       -3     14-9         u44

Jacksonville 
2008 Results
Atlanta                   L            -4     20-17    o34
Miami                     L            -3′    14-19    u35
at Tampa Bay      W           -3     23-17    o35
at Washington     W           +3     24-3     u34

2009 Results
at Miami                 T            +3    9-12     u33
Tampa Bay            L           -3    23-24    o34
at Philadelphia     W          +7’  32-33    o37’
Washington          W          -6’   24-17    o35

2010 Results
at Philadelphia      W        +3    27-28    o33
Miami                      L          -1’   26-27     o35’
at Tampa Bay        W         -3    19-13     u37
Atlanta                     W        -3     13-9       u37’

2011 Results
at New England      L       +3’    12-47     o35
Atlanta                       L      -3       15-13     u37
at Buffalo                  T      +3      32-35     o35’
St. Louis                   L       -3      17-24     o37’

2012 Results
New York Giants     L        -2’     32-31    o34’
at New Orleans      W       +6’    27-24    o39’
at Baltimore             L        +5’    17-48    o40
Atlanta                      W        -2’    24-14     p38

2013 Results
Miami                       L         +1     3-27       u36
at New York Jets   L          +2′    13-37    o38′

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