Game-by-Game predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule: Weeks 17 and 18
Week 17 @ Buccaneers: You have probably heard or read that AFC South is the worst division in the NFL right now. While it's hard to argue against it, the NFC South isn't faring much better. The New Orleans Saints got an upgrade at quarterback with Derek Carr and they already had a good defense last year so there's a chance they'll compete or be in the race for a playoff spot for most of the year.
On the other hand, the rest of the NFC South isn't in great shape. In particular, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have turned the page on the Tom Brady era and will tentatively go with Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018 at quarterback. Make no mistake, Mayfield is a solid reclamation project and he could rebuild his stock in Tampa Bay. However, expecting him or former Gator Kyle Trask to play at a Brady-like level is unrealistic.
Sure, wide receiver corps Mike Evan, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage are still on the team but they were on the roster last year and the Bucs managed to win just nine games last year. Add another win to the Jags. Win
Week 18 @ Titans: And for the season finale, the Jaguars get the Titans again. It feels like forever now but Tennessee used to be a tough team as recently as 2019, when they reached the AFC Championship. Led by running Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Titans played a brand of smash-mouth football that would wear opponents down.
However, Tennessee has failed to replenish their roster since then and both Henry and Tannehill are no longer the players they used to be. In fact, the Titans drafted Will Levis to be Tannehill's heir apparent and there's a chance he might be starting when they welcome the Jags at Nissan Stadium.
But whether Tannehill or Levis gets the starting nod, Tennessee simply doesn't have enough power to keep up with Jacksonville, so expect Trevor Lawrence to lead the Jaguars to a win. Win
And if you're keeping track, you'll see that we're expecting the Jags to go 11-6 next season. Let us konw what you think on the comment box below.