Jacksonville Jaguars: An early outlook on the upcoming 2023 season
By Quinn Butler
The 2022 variation of the Jacksonville Jaguars started the season off reasonably well going 2-1 in their first three games of the season.
They lost their first game by a mere six points before shutting out the Indianapolis Colts and beating up the Los Angeles Chargers on the road.
Unfortunately, it started to unravel and they lost their next five games culminating in a loss to the lowly Denver Broncos in London. From that point on, a switch flipped in the team and it was like they had all finally figured it out.
From there on out, they went 7-2 only losing to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions, which were the only two games of the season that they lost by more than one score, having lost to the Chiefs by 10 and the Lions by 26 points respectively.
The Jacksonville Jaguars figured it out during the 2022 NFL season.
They beat the Tennessee Titans twice including the last regular season game to win the division and make the playoffs.
In the wild-card round, they overcame a 27-point deficit and four first-half interceptions by Trevor Lawrence to win the game and advance to the Divisional round where they would face the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
They hung with the Chiefs and if not for some miscues, may have won that game as well. The first year under Doug Pederson, certainly went better than expected for the club and now it is time to build upon this.
While the Jags have lost some pieces in free agency, they did gain wide receiver Calvin Ridley through a mid-season genius trade with the Atlanta Falcons.
The hopes in Duval are higher than they have been in quite some time for the Jaguars and after finishing 9-8 last season, winning the AFC South, and their Wild Card round game in the playoffs, it seems as though they could make a run at the division again with a fair projection of going 12-5.
With any luck, they will carry this into the playoffs and at least make it one step further to the AFC Championship game to go along with that. No one in Duval County would be upset with a Super Bowl appearance and possible victory.