1. Are the Jaguars good enough to take on other potential playoff teams?
The Jaguars deserve credit for going 4-0 on the road this season. They played two games in London. They then traveled to New Orleans to take on the Saints and beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh just one week later. On the other hand, they weren't nearly as successful at home. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans in back-to-back weeks and one of their two wins at home was in London.
So not only will the Jaguars play better at home but they'll also have to face several playoff hopefuls, starting with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. They will then play consecutive division games against the Tenneesse Titans and the Houston Texans before embarking on a three-week stretch that will feature the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.
With exception of maybe the Titans, all these clubs stack up favorably against the Jags. The 49ers have enough talent on both sides of the ball to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Jags in Week 10. Houston, for their part, has flashed throughout the season and will have a chance as long as rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud is under center.
However, the three toughest teams remaining on the Jaguars' schedule are Baltimore, the Browns and Cincy. All of them are competing for the AFC North crowd and could make a run of the No. 1 seed in the conference. Can the Jaguars go toe-to-toe with all of them? We'll soon find out and the outcome will reveal with kind of team they truly are in 2023.