The Jacksonvill offence is full of question marks. Foles is hard to trust and the guy has never played more than 13 games in any regular season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars looked like perhaps the NFL’s next powerhouse during the 2017 season. They were led by the NFL’s best defensive and a unit full of young stars, finished with a 10-6 record and their first division title since 1999. The Jags would reach the AFC Championship Game and had the Patriots on the ropes in New England before Tom Brady led a late comeback. Still, hopes were obviously very high entering 2018. However, it seemed like success went to the heads of some of those good young players, especially All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Embattled quarterback Blake Bortles regressed – if that was even possible – and the Jaguars flopped to a 5-11 record and last in the AFC South. Coach Doug Marrone as well as GM David Caldwell and executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin are all on the hot seat entering this year. Another losing season and they likely are all gone.
Jacksonville Jaguars Acquisitions and Transactions
The No. 1 move was clearly giving up on Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Bortles is basically a dirty name in Jacksonville at this point and he was a turnover-machine, but he’s also second all-time in attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and 300-yard passing games in franchise history behind Mark Brunell. The team lured former Eagles Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in free agency. Foles has proven clutch in the playoffs the past two years, but he really hasn’t shown he’s a very good regular-season quarterback other than one statistically flukish season in 2013 with Philadelphia.
The Jags got Foles two weapons in receiver Chris Conley and tight end Geoff Swaim and bolstered the defense with linebackers Jake Ryan and first-round pick Josh Allen from Kentucky. Last year’s leading tackler, Telvin Smith, is taking this year off to focus on health and family.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule
Jacksonville has the third-toughest schedule in the NFL with its opponents combining for a .531 winning percentage last season. The Jaguars also lose a true home game every year because they play one in London (many think the team moves there eventually). All times in ET.
Week 1 (Sept. 8): vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 2 (Sept. 15): at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 3 (Sept. 19): vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Week 4 (Sept. 29): at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Week 5 (Oct. 6): at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 6 (Oct. 13): vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 7 (Oct. 20): at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 8 (Oct. 27): vs. NY Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 9 (Nov. 3): vs. Houston Texans in London, 9:30 a.m. (NFL Network)
Week 10: BYE
Week 11 (Nov. 17): at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 12 (Nov. 24): at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Week 13 (Dec. 1): vs. Tampa Bay Bucs, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 14 (Dec. 8): vs. LA Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (Fox)
Week 15 (Dec. 15): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Week 16 (Dec. 22): at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 17 (Dec. 29): vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Betting and Odds
The Jaguars have a Sports Interaction win total of 8.5, with the under a -182 favourite. They are +220 to make the playoffs and -333 to miss out again. To win the AFC South, Jacksonville is +375 and +1600 to win the AFC title for the first time. The Jaguars are one of four active franchises to never play in a Super Bowl – to win it, they are +3300. Last year, this team was one of the worst in the NFL against the spread at 5-9-2.
One big break schedule-wise is that there shouldn’t be any outdoor cold-weather games, which is always a positive for a team from Florida. Since the Jags lose one home game to London, they have just one set of back-to-back at home. Overall, the Jaguars play seven games against teams that made the playoffs last season. The home finale was a nice gift from the NFL because Jacksonville hasn’t had a Week 17 home game since 2011.
Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction
Could this team be really good? No question. The defence should be much improved after last year’s big dip. The talent is still there, although the loss of Smith hurts. The offence is full of question marks. Foles is hard to trust and the guy has never played more than 13 games in any regular season. Leonard Fournette can be a difference-maker at tailback but is injury-prone and his effort has been questioned. The receiving group looks like one of the worst in the NFL. Essentially, Jacksonville might have to win a lot of 20-17 games. We project an 8-8 record so go under that win total. No playoffs.