Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.
Forecast says the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t get picked very often in the South Point-lined Play of the Day, which started with $10,000 bankrolls, once football season officially begins.
Might as well get it out of the way in the preseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars plus-3 at Chicago Bears: $440 to win $400
The Bears look like an early-season bet-on team, which means the opposite is true in the preseason. A lot is already set for Chicago, diminishing its use for the final three exhibition games.
On offense, for example, the Bears return all 11 starters. Position battles are mostly minimized to those fighting for second- and third-string spots.
There’s a lot more at stake in Jacksonville. Every win, even those that don’t count, means something to a franchise desperate to bust out of the NFL’s cellar.
Coach Gus Bradley showed he’s more interested than some coaches in winning preseason games with a late scoring drive against the Buccaneers last week. Plenty is unsettled across the Jaguars’ roster with almost everyone fighting for some sort of spot.
That includes quarterback, where Jacksonville is adamant Chad Henne will start but third-overall pick Blake Bortles is making a strong push. Those two will get the majority of the snaps with big incentive on playing their best.
The Jacksonville defense should be ready for the two signal callers projected to be under center most for Chicago, Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer, with something to prove of their own.
Standings: Bern (42-31-1, $13,292), Keefer (33-39, $8,692), Brewer (29-42-3, $1,850)