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The final game of Week 2 of the NFL preseason is tonight, but it’s also the first contest taking place in the Caesars Superdome era.
The newly named stadium will be the setting of the Saints’ affair with the Jaguars at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ESPN.
The Saints and Caesars Entertainment announced a 20-year, exclusive naming-rights partnership in late July for the New Orleans football stadium.
Both teams fell in their opening preseason matchups and will look to bounce back tonight. The Ravens defeated the Saints 17-14 in Baltimore, whereas the Jaguars were topped by the Browns 23-13 in Jacksonville.
The main spotlight, though, will be on the quarterbacks in this battle in the Bayou.
Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, will return to the stadium where he suffered his only two career collegiate losses at Clemson. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will each look to get a leg up in one of the most intriguing quarterback competitions this offseason.
The Saints (-210 on the moneyline) are currently 4.5-point home favorites over the Jaguars (+180 ML) with the total at 40. The spread has slightly increased from an opener of Saints -4, and the total has jumped up from 37.5 to its current number of 40.
New Orleans has snagged 66% of the total number of tickets and 52% of the total dollars wagered for all spread bets in this showdown. The biggest spread bet taken thus far in this one at William Hill, though, is on the underdog. A New Jersey bettor laid $5,100 on Jaguars +5 (-130) for a total potential payout of $9,023.05.
William Hill bettors have been split so far for both moneyline and total. The Jaguars actually have the advantage in total number of tickets for moneyline at 59%, while the Saints have the edge in total dollars wagered at 58%.
Unders have gone 10-5 over this week’s slate and are 24-8 overall this preseason. Unders have captured 74% of the total number of tickets, however the over has reeled in 56% of the total dollars wagered.
One tidbit regarding the Jaguars’ franchise cornerstone under center: Lawrence ranks sixth in total number of tickets (6%) and fifth in total dollars wagered (11%) at William Hill for all NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year futures. Even though he isn’t leading the way in either category, Lawrence is still atop the board for this market with +220 odds.
Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for tonight’s preseason clash between the Jaguars and Saints below.