The Jaguars took a huge step forward last year behind a dominate defense. While taking the Patriots to the brink of a Superbowl birth the Jags look to get back to the postseason.
AFC SOUTH DIVISION WINNERS: +170 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +850 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +1800 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 8 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ New York (Giants) (-4) Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 2 vs. New England (+2.5) Week 10 @ Indianapolis (-4)
Week 3 vs. Tennessee (-5) Week 11 vs. Pittsburgh (+1)
Week 4 vs. New York (Jets) (-9.5) Week 12 @ Buffalo (-4.5)
Week 5 @ Kansas City (+1) Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (-7.5)
Week 6 @ Dallas (+1) Week 14 @ Tennessee (+1)
Week 7 vs. Houston (-3) Week 15 vs. Washington (-8)
Week 8 vs. Philadelphia (PK) Week 16 @ Miami (-3)
Week 17 @ Houston
Rematch of the NFC Championship game in week 2 will be a fun one. Eagles, Steelers and Cowboys will all boast strong games against the Jags this season.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Cody Kessler, WR Donte Moncreif, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, G Andrew Norwell, and CB D.J. Hayden
Subtractions – QB Chad Henne, WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, TE Marcedes Lewis, LB Paul Posluszny, and CB Aaron Colvin
Draft – DT Taven Bryan, WR D.J. Chark, S Ronnie Harrison, T Will Richardson, QB Tanner Lee, LB Leon Jacobs, and P Logan Cooke
Blake Bortles really hasn’t hit the potential that the Jags saw when they took him. They are hoping to have the guy they saw in year two. Jacksonville will be Bortles to be a bit better this year.
As a rookie, Leonard Fournette didn’t disappoint, passing 1000 yards and 10 total touchdowns was a nice way to come in the league. T.J. Yeldon is more apart of the passing game but does add a change of speed alongside Fournette.
Replacing Robinson and Hurns will be tough. Draftng Dede Westbrook last year and Chark this year will help that. Both can end up being just as good receivers. Marquise Lee was brought back, as well as, Jenkins was brought in to help Bortles.
Bortles took the least amount of sacks last season in his career. The Jags went out and got the best guard on the market in Norwell and have Cam Robinson in his second year. This line was pretty average but could take a step forward this season.
Arguably the best defensive last season is anchored by a dominate line. Calais Campbell was a first team all-pro pairing with Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler Jr. should give this team a three headed edge rush. Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus will be run stoppers up the gut and get breathers from first rounder Taven Bryan.
Losing the heart of their linebacking core will hurt. Telvin Smith and Myles Jack will be able to step in nicely and feel that hole in the center. The Jags will need Blair Brown to step up on the otherside and become more dominate.
Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye are one of the best pairings of any two corners in the league. Jalen normally matches up on the number one wide out but Bouye might be better. In the safties, Tashaun Gibson and Barry Church will start the year in the back with rookie Harrison getting reps as well.
Josh Lambo is a pretty consistent kicker and newly drafted Cooke will likely step into the punter role. The kick return will need a jolt this season with Corey Grant and Jaydon Mickens handling those duties.
This team is still really good. Their defense has a ton of depth on the line. They added Norwell to help protect Bortles and gave him some gadgets to play with. They are still one of the favorites in the AFC for good reason.
AFC SOUTH Champions/Over 8
Both are still good value. The Texans should be better and the Titans only got better. This division is winnable and the odds our in the favor of the Jags. Blake Bortles is still relatively young and could produce more this season. Back the Jags for the South title.
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