The Jacksonville Jaguars host one of the best defenses in the league this Sunday, but they might have a chance against a possibly undermanned Denver Broncos unit.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are sitting at 2-9 and there isn’t a game on the schedule left that makes you think “the Jaguars could win that one.”
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Still, it’s hard to fathom that a team as talented as the 2016 Jacksonville Jaguars could finish 2-14. It might happen because Gus Bradley has shown us he’s disturbingly effective at guiding his team to losses, but this roster has no business losing 14 games in one year.
With all that in mind, it’s hard to look at this Sunday’s matchup against the Denver Broncos with a ton of hope. The Jacksonville offense has been dysfunctional on it’s own, but now they have to try and generate points against a ferocious pass rush and perhaps the best overall secondary in the league. The Jaguars were able to poach away Malik Jackson in free agency – one of the best defensive tackles in the league – and the Broncos are still loaded! Von Miller is the best pass rusher in the league, and Shane Ray and DeMarcus Ware are pretty good in their own right.
The Jacksonville defense has been good in recent weeks and they could catch a break if the Broncos have to start Paxton Lynch over an injured Trevor Siemian. Lynch has a ton of raw tools but he looked overwhelmed in his only start this year (a loss). I wouldn’t put it past the Jaguars to lose to a rookie quarterback, but it does tip the odds almost inconsequentially in their favor.
So what’s going to actually happen when the Jaguars host the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday? Will they play well or continue to embarrassing themselves? Click ahead to see my “rock solid” predictions: