With hype at an all-time high, could the Jacksonville Jaguars actually stumble out the gate to start the season?
It is well-known at this point of the year that the Jacksonville Jaguars are positioned to compete for a title in 2018. The roster is stacked, particularly a defense that stands above all others in the league.
The reigning AFC South champions are poised to defend the title, and make another deep postseason run. But is possible that the team could create an uphill battle for themselves with a slow start to begin the season?
Former pro player and current NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson predicted the outcome of each game on the Jaguars schedule for next season, and thinks Jacksonville will drop two straight to start the season.
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Those first two games are against the New York Giants on the road and then the New England Patriots at home. The Giants will be improved on a measly 3-13 2017 campaign with the addition of some offensive firepower, and the Patriots are, well the Patriots, still.
It’s far from the easiest start to a season, but mark me down as thinking an 0-2 start for this team is unlikely. New York will win more games than they did in 2017, but still doesn’t have nearly the talent and depth that the Jaguars do.
New England will obviously be a tough matchup, but Jacksonville let a win slip away in Foxboro in the AFC title game last season, and will be looking for a dose of revenge in the rematch. The ‘Bank will be rocking for that one early in the season.
To be fair to Michael Robinson, he does have the Jaguars regrouping to finish the season 10-6 and punching a ticket to the postseason for the second straight season. While that is a reasonable regular season finish prediction, I think a 1-1 split in the first two weeks is the floor for the Jacksonville Jaguars to start 2018.