The Washington Commanders-Jacksonville Jaguars showdown might not have the appeal of Cowboys-Buccaneers, Steelers-Bengals or Raiders-Chargers, but there’s a plethora of compelling storylines that should attract both fan bases.
For starters, Carson Wentz will face the team that effectively ended his tenure with Indianapolis and his former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson.
Not only that, but Brandon Scherff will return to FedEx Field for the first time (first time he’s eligible, obviously) since he left in free agency.
Amidst all of that potential drama, the Commanders will hope to start the season on unfamiliar ground; with a winning record. In this article, we’ll look at the best bets for the matchup, final injury report, updated odds, where to stream, how to watch, as well as Washington’s upcoming schedule.
Best Commanders Bets Week 1
3. Game total over 43.5 points (-114)
Some might view this game as a potential low-scoring affair. That very well could be the case, but I also watched the Commanders’ first-team defense get carved open like a Thanksgiving turkey this preseason. They offered little resistance against Baker Mayfield and were absolutely torched by Patrick Mahomes.
It was a small sample size, sure, but a lot of the defense’s troubles from last season reared their ugly head in the regular season tune-up.
On the other side, the Commanders’ offense better put up points against this Jacksonville defense. While they splurged in free agency, this is still a flawed group and an over/under of 43.5 points is extremely low for a game featuring two defenses that could finish in the bottom half of the league.
2. Antonio Gibson anytime TD scorer (+110)
If Brian Robinson were playing, we wouldn’t even consider Gibson here.
With the promising rookie on the shelf, though, Gibson should get all the work he can handle as the Commanders’ early-down back. While Jonathan Williams could steal a couple series, we love Gibson to find the end zone vs Jacksonville Sunday.
For all of Gibson’s struggles between the tackles, he’s made the most of his opportunities in the red zone in his career. Since he was drafted in 2020, Gibson’s 18 rushing touchdowns rank eighth amongst all running backs.
1. Commanders -2.5 on the spread (-115)
The Commanders were initially favored by -3.5 points on the moneyline, but that number has since dropped to 2.5. While we believe the Jaguars could potentially fight for a playoff spot (wild card, obviously) this year, Washington gets them at the right time: coming out of the preseason and zero wind in their sails.
We expect some rust from both teams, but the Jaguars have a lot more moving parts on both sides of the ball relative to the Commanders.
If the Commanders are the team fans think they can be (10 wins and a playoff berth in the top-heavy NFC), they should dispose of Jacksonville by at least a field goal in the friendly confines of FedEx Field to kickstart a new era of Washington Football.
*Please remember that all numbers are subject to change before game time. Please check FanDuel to see updated lines/odds.*
Commanders injury report
Here’s the team’s injury report as of Saturday afternoon
- Kam Curl (thumb), OUT
- Cam Sims (concussion), Questionable
- Logan Thomas (knee), Questionable
- Cole Turner (hamstring), Questionable
- Phidarian Mathis (ankle), Probable
- John Bates (calf), Probable
- Trai Turner (quad), Probable
Week 1 Commanders vs Jaguars Latest Odds, Spread, Over/Under
As of Saturday, the Commanders are -2.5 favorites on the spread, while their moneyline odds currently sit at -142. The over/under for the game is 43.5 points, with the over getting -114 odds and the under getting -106 odds.
What channel is the Commanders vs Jaguars game on Week 1?
The Commanders and Jaguars are scheduled for a 1pm EST kickoff. The game will be broadcast on FOX. Chris Myers and Robert Smith will be on the call.
Week 1 Commanders vs Jaguars live stream
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Commanders next game and upcoming schedule
The Commanders will lock horns with the Lions at Ford Field in Week 2. Here’s a look at Washington’s upcoming schedule.
- Week 2: @ Detroit Lions
- Week 3: vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 4: @ Dallas Cowboys
- Week 5: vs Tennessee Titans