The Jacksonville Jaguars are exceeding expectations in 2023. Their 6-2 record is tied for the best in the NFL and it's the best one they've posted to start the season since 1999. Moreover, they're the only team that remains undefeated on the road. While some talking heads aren't ready to accept it, the Jags need to be brought up when discussing the top clubs in the league.
What's more impressive is that Jacksonville has found ways to win despite the fact that their execution hasn't always been flawless. They're currently in their BYE, so they'll have the chance to rest and clean up whatever issues they've encountered up until this point of the season.
Expect the Jaguars to get much better once they return from their break and turn heads around the league. With that in mind, here are five bold predictions for the second half of the season.
No. 5 the Jacksonville Jaguars will sweep the Tennessee Titans in 2023
A new era has begun in Nashville: The Tennessee Titans handed rookie quarterback Will Levis the keys to the offense a couple of weeks ago. They had no choice though, with Ryan Tannehill nursing an ankle injury that will force him to miss a handful of weeks.
Then again, Levis is no slouch. He was seen as a potential first-round selection in this year's draft. He fell to Round 2 but that isn't indicative of his talent. Simply, the demand for the position waned once fellow signal-callers C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young were off the table. Still, Levis has the tools to develop into a starting quarterback in the league.
Having said that, Levis will go through lots up and downs throughout his development. He'll lead the Titans to a handful of wins but he'll also need a couple more years to put it all together. The fact that DeAndre Hopkins is the only viable target in the passing game doesn't help matters.
While the Tennessee defense will keep them in games, the offense will hold them back the remainder of the season. They will make things interesting against the Jags but they'll ultimately get swept, just like the Indianapolis Colts earlier this season.