Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers spread and odds
The point spread, betting odds
and preview of the NFL wild card playoff game Jacksonville
Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers.
start our betting preview of the NFL playoffs with the AFC wild
card game between the Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5) and the
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6). The Steelers were fortunate
enough to get the home field and the AFC playoff game will be
played at Heinz Field on Saturday at 8:00pm EST. The Jaguars and
the Steelers met recently (December 16th) at Philadelphia during
the regular season and that game was won by Jacksonville 29-22,
which gave enough confidence to the bookmakers to list the
Jaguars as the favorite team to win the NFL playoff game on
Saturday. At the online bookmaker
Bodog Sports, the point
spread on the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
wild card playoff game is currently sitting at -2 points chalk
the Jaguars with the total at 39.5 points. For comparison, at
the online sportsbook
Bookmaker, the point spread is
favoring Jacksonville -2 points, as well, with the same total.
The odds on the Jacksonville Jaguars to win the AFC playoff game
are currently sitting at -135 and the betting odds on the
Pittsburgh Steelers to continue in the NFL playoffs are listed
It will be a tough game ahead of the
Steelers on Saturday. Not only they have been beaten already by
the Jaguars, but a long list of injuries will cripple the team
even further. Willie Parker could have been very useful to the
Pittsburgh offense, had he not broken his leg. On top of it,
wide receivers Willie Reed and Hines Ward both missed Wednesday
practice due to injuries and it remains questionable if they'd
be able to recover in time for the playoffs. Pittsburgh's
cornerbacks Allen Rossum, Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend
also missed practice, as well as safety Troy Polamalu. Meanwhile
at Jacksonville running back LaBrandon Toefield was the only one
to miss practice, although defensive tackle Grady Jackson,
safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Aaron Glenn did a limited
Wednesday practice. Still, the Jaguars are much more healthy
than the Steelers comes the AFC wild card playoff game.
The Steelers will rely on their top-notch
defense, ranked 1st in the NFL allowing only 266.4 yards per
game for 16.8 points, compared to the Jacksonville defensive
stats - allowing 313.8 yards for 19 points on average per game.
The Jaguars are leading the Steelers offensively, however,
posting 357.4 yards for 25.7 points, compared to Pittsburgh's
327.4 yards and 24.6 points, before suffering from injuries.
When betting on this NFL wild card playoff game, keep in mind
that Jacksonville is 7-1 against the spread in its last 8 games
and Pittsburgh is 2-6 against the spread in its last 8 games.
Also, the total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
when playing at home against Jacksonville.