Denver Broncos fans will find out when Russell Wilson’s first home game is next week when the 2022 NFL schedule drops. However, they already know about one game. In Week 8, the Broncos will be the ‘visiting’ team when they play the Jacksonville Jaguars in at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The kickoff will be at 7:30 a.m. MT and fans can watch it on ESPN+. If they so desire, fans can already bet on the game at DraftKings Colorado and BetRivers Colorado because the odds are live for the international games the NFL unveiled this week. It’s safe to expect other Colorado sports betting apps to release their own point spreads on this and more games in the near future.
Betting Odds For Broncos vs. Jaguars In London
The Broncos are favorites in this game, of course, but there is good reason to believe the point spread for this game will change once the season gets underway. Why? Because if the Jaguars still look like the team fans know and loathe and Russell Wilson thrives at Mile High, the spread will not remain where it is for long:
|DraftKings||Broncos -6.5 (-110)|
Jaguars +6.5 (-110)
|Broncos -280 |
|Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
|BetRivers||Broncos -6.5 (-113)|
Jaguars +6.5 (-108)
|Broncos -286 |
|Over 46.5 (-110)
Under 46.5 (-110)
The Broncos beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville last season, 23-13. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 328 yards and a pair of touchdowns while the Denver defense made life miserable for Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence in his second game as an NFL quarterback (14-33 for 118 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions).
Lawrence is not going to be a rookie still getting his feet wet this time, and he has a much better head coach getting him ready. However, the Broncos have Wilson and one of the best defenses in the NFL.
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Denver Broncos (7-10 SU, 8-9 ATS in 2021)
At the end of the 2021 season, it was pretty clear what the problem was in Denver — the offense. It couldn’t put points on the board. The defense held opponents to 18.9 points a game, but the offense managed 19.7. With the talent the Broncos had at wide receiver, tight end, and running back, the problem was apparent.
They needed a new quarterback. So, they went out and got one of the best in the business in Wilson.
There will be a learning curve early in the season for the offense as it gets accustomed to new head coach Nathaniel Hackett’s system. But any kinks should be long gone by the time they hop over the pond to play the Jags in Week 8.
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Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14 SU, 5-12 ATS in 2021)
After a disaster of a season in 2021, the Jaguars had a lot of work to do to become competitive in 2022.
The work started during the 2021 season with the dismissal of coach Urban Meyer. Former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, was hired to replace him. In free agency, they added a pair of solid weapons for Lawrence in wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, beefed up the offensive line by adding Brandon Scherff, and added some depth to the defense.
In the draft, they focused on the defense, starting with making Travon Walker the No. 1 overall pick of the draft. Later in the first round, they added arguably the best linebacker in the draft in Devin Lloyd. Both players will likely make an impact as early as Week 1.
It’s hard to have faith in a Jacksonville team that can’t seem to ever get off the struggle bus. However, there is one place where the Jags do seem to get it together and play competitive football — London. Last season, they got off to an 0-5 start before playing the Dolphins in London during Week 6.
Lawrence had the first 300-yard game as an NFL QB and recorded his first win, 23-20.
But while there is hope surrounding the Jaguars, hope will not slow down Wilson or the Broncos’ defense. The Jags are 4-4 in international games, and they’ll probably be 4-5 after this game. The spread could easily expand into double-digits by Week 8.
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