Is it possible former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS football announcer Tony Romo has talked to the Magic 8-Ball? Romo has predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars will play the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. NFL.com first reported the news.
The Jacksonville Jaguars came within minutes of playing in Super Bowl 52 if not for a comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Now, the former Pro Bowl quarterback believes Blake Bortles and his teammates will take the next step, as he explained to NFL Network’s Lindsay Rhodes on NFL Total Access on Wednesday.
"“If I had to pick right now? It’s pretty early,” Romo said.”Thing about the NFL is things change pretty fast. Injuries happen, a lot of stuff happens, but, um… if I was picking right now, I’d probably go with Green Bay versus Jacksonville. That would be a tentative, rough guess here in the summer months.”"
I know we have talked before about predictions meaning nothing at this point in the NFL season, with training camp still on the horizon. Romo’s prediction, however, could mean other national media see the possibility of this franchise reaching the apex this coming year.
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Even Nick Shook, who wrote the piece on Romo’s comments for NFL.com downplayed the potential Super Bowl matchup.
"“Super Bowl predictions in July carry about as much weight as a discarded plastic bag dancing in the wind,” Shook wrote. “But here’s an analyst who has plenty of on-field experience and happened to get an up-close look at the Jaguars when they peaked during their surprising playoff run last season.”"
The Jaguars could be a trendy pick this season, given the state of their defense and the improvements made on the offensive line. The fact the team will still use running back Leonard Fournette as a bell cow and focus on a run-first offense could make Romo’s words seem prophetic.
Of course, by winning the AFC South last season, the Jaguars have a tougher schedule and will have tougher competition within its own division this coming season.
If Jacksonville can overcome those obstacles and play at the same level as it did last season during the regular season and playoffs, making it to Atlanta could be a real possibility. And the team would prove Romo to be correct in his assessment, regardless of who the team plays on Super Bowl Sunday.