4 things that must change for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
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Sometimes people must hit rock bottom to realize just how bad things are and make the necessary changes to get out of the predicament. NFL teams are no different and it’s common for clubs to spend a long time in the cellar before undergoing a turnaround. The Cincinnati Bengals did it last year and the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves in that spot right now.

The Jags are coming off a season in which they won just three games and lost several by a wide margin. Besides giving the roster a makeover, they also hired Doug Pederson to fill the head-coaching vacancy left by Urban Meyer.

If Pederson wants to make an impact in his first year on the job, he will need to do these four things.

 4. The Jaguars must start winning ground in the AFC South.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

The Jaguars have won just a pair of divisional games over the past two seasons and they both came against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Even though they stacked up favorably against the Houston Texans last year, they ended up losing both matchups.

If Jacksonville wants to eventually become a perennial playoff team, they must start winning games in the AFC South first. The last time they beat a division rival that wasn’t the Colts was in 2019 when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Week 3. That year, they finished 2-4 in the AFC South, which isn’t something to be proud of.

While it’s hard to envision the Jaguars finishing 6-0 in the division in 2022, they should be able to split the series with their archrivals. They won’t be able to compete for a postseason berth as long as they don’t achieve that feat, whether it’s this upcoming season or in 2023.