Might the Jaguars from Jacksonville return to their AFC championship form from just two seasons ago? Given the arrival of Super Bowl Champion quarteback, Nick Foles, and a schedule that looks favorable, the Jags could be heavier in the win column this year.
Here is your 2019 season preview for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nick Foles will have to stabilize the QB position: Blake Bortles is gone, and Foles will take over Doug Marrone’s offense. While he’s never been one to light up the scoreboard, Foles makes good decisions which should reduce turnovers, and the return of Leonard Fournette in the backfield should balance things out nicely.
Andrew Luck’s departure puts the division title in reach: There is no reason why the Jags can’t beat the Colts twice this year after they lost their star quarterback Andrew Luck’s retirement . The Jags defense can also expose the Titans for their QB troubles which leaves the Houston Texans as their chief division rival. It won’t be easy but you can’t rule it out.
They must stay healthy: This is not a deep team. A few injuries, especially at wide reciever or running back and this season could fall apart quick.
After a tough start, it’s a favorable schedule: The Chiefs and Texans will likely jump on the Jags pretty hard to start the season, but they should rebound in the following three weeks against the Titans, Broncos, and Panthers. The Saints will be tough afterwards, but it’s two more very winnable games against the Bengals and Jets. I’ll give them a split for the season against the Texans and they should beat the Colts. I like them against the Titans and Bucs before the Chargers come to town. They could very likely rattle off three wins against the Raiders, Falcons, and Colts to close out the season.
Season record prediction: 9-7
The verdict: If the wildcard picture in the AFC wasn’t so tough (you can thank the AFC North and the Chargers for that), I’d give a spot to the Jags. It’s not completely out of the question, but the Chargers and Browns will push hard.
Either way, the Jags will be more like their 2017 selves than the limping, mistake-prone group from Duval we saw last year.