5-11, 4th AFC South
Will The Elite Defense Carry The Jags Again? - The Jaguars defense finished second in points allowed last season, allowing just 4.6 yards per game. Their rush defense struggled in the first half, but things got better towards the end. The passing defense was elite, allowing under 2,800 yards, and just 17 touchdowns. Posting such strong numbers always leads us to wonder if they can produce similar stats. If they can’t what does this team look like? The offense would have to shoulder a bigger load than last season, where they were more geared to run the ball. The Jags defense is likely going to be in the top three, so this shouldn’t be a concern.
Can The Jags Get By With A Mediocre Passing Game? - Jacksonville missed Allen Robinson last season, and will miss him this year for different reasons. They let Allen Hurns walk, and now Marqise Lee is going to miss the season. This leaves Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole as their remaining options. While this crew would be enhanced with a better quarterback, we are still looking at Blake Bortles. The Jags did get Austin Seferian-Jenkins, which will help inside the red zone, as will Moncrief who was a red zone specialist in Indy. Moncrief has had injury issues, so they could be limited very soon. We can’t ignore that this is the weaker side of this team.
If Fournette’s Ankle Injuries Looms, Who Steps Up? - While Leonard Fournette dropped himself some weight heading into the season, he has had ankle problems over his last few seasons, evening going back to LSU. Fournette has been a heavily used back since coming into the league, and Jacksonville will continue to use him that way. Fournette saw some struggles when he suffered the ankle injury in Week 6 last season, and his efficiency dropped. If an unfortunate injury occurs to Fournette, they only have T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant to back him up. Both have not established themselves as even committee backs since coming into the league.
Did The Jags Offensive Line Improve? - The Jaguars offensive line was not bad last season, as they really struggled in years prior. The offensive line was more middle of the road last season, but the ceiling may be just that. Cam Robinson was drafted recently, and he has fluctuated between being good and bad. They added Andrew Norwell, who should give them stability. A.J. Cann is a big question mark on the line, and shows no signs of making any progress. This line will depend on Robinson showing some more consistent form, otherwise they will stay league average, and being run heavy you would want a little more improvement from them.
Are The Jags A Lock For The Division? - The Titans are expected to improve a bit with the new coaching staff. Indianapolis and Houston both are getting their star quarterbacks back, and that is going to make them instantly better. If Houston can stay healthy on both sides of the ball, they might be the biggest competition. The Colts roster is rather poor, and Luck is going to have a tough time carrying them. The Jaguars have a pretty soft schedule out of division, so the wins will be there. With an over under of nine wins, the Jags should repeat as AFC South champions, but this year with some resistance.