5 bold predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2nd half of the 2023 season

• The Jaguars are one of the best teams in the NFL right now

• They should pick up where they left off after their BYE

• Here are 5 bold predictions for the rest of the 2023 season

Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (left)
Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (left) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 2 Jaguars OLB Josh Allen will earn First-Team All-Pro designations in 2023

The last time a Jaguar got a First-Team All-Pro selection was in the distant year of 2017, when defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Jalen Ramsey both got the nod. Since then, Jacksonville hasn't had any worthy candidates but outside linebacker Josh Allen will buck the trend.

Josh Allen is also having a banner year. Not only is he one of the most dominant players on the Jaguars' roster right now but his 9.0 sacks are third in the league and he's in the top five in most meaningful categories.

It took Allen a bit to hit his stride but he's finally become Jacksonville expected when they made him the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He already got a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie campaign. He'll get another one, along with a First-Team All-Pro selection, this year.

No. 1 The Jacksonville Jaguars will clinch the top playoff seed in the AFC, earn a BYE

Just recently, Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report said that the Jags will win the AFC South by default because of the relatively weak state of the division. Similarly, Chris Broussard doesn't think they should be mentioned in the same breath as teams such as the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jags will prove both of them wrong.

Although the Jaguars previously lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, they've improved considerably since then. The first team they'll face once they return from their BYE is the Niners. They'll send a message to the league by beating them. That will be the start of what will be a strong finish to the 2023 season, one which will end with the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC.

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