2-9 is a disappointing record heading into Week 13, but can the Jacksonville Jaguars actually expect to win many more games?
We had all hoped the Jacksonville Jaguars would be at a much higher record than 2-9 at this point in the season. This was the year the Jaguars were supposed to arrive and take the league by storm.
And yet, here we sit.
Close losses plague the team, but it often doesn’t seem like the Jags can actually keep games in manageable situations.
Which brings us to Week 13 and the possible wins still left on the schedule. The next game against the Denver Broncos is certainly daunting and provides a good starting point to forecast how the rest of the season could shape up for the Jags.
We’ll take it game by game.
Week 13: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Denver Broncos
The Broncos are formidable without a strong quarterback for the second season in a row. At 7-4, the sit in third place in the AFC West, in close contention with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. This is a game that the defending Super Bowl champions need to win if they want to make it to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars are mostly playing for pride. There’s not much left to play for as the team’s final goal (reaching .500) is no longer in reach. Playing spoiler is always tempting, but it’s tough to motivate an entire team that has sunk into a severe depression.
The Broncos feature the fourth best defense in the NFL, including the best passing defense in the league. They are third in the NFL with 20 turnovers.
That defense won them a championship last year. That defense is making them contenders in 2016. It’s that defense which the Jaguars must beat on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Jags, it looks like a defense poised to feast on them. Blake Bortles is mistake prone, Chris Ivory is fumble prone, and the entire offense has struggled against far more inferior defenses.
Unsurprisingly, this one looks like a Broncos victory.
Jaguars predicted record after Week 13: 2-10