Heading into the 2023 season, a panel of five Black and Teal contributors made predictions for how this season would play out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here is a check-in on how those predictions are faring:
Predicating the 2023 season for the Jaguars
Through the first half of the season, Beau leads the way with a 7-1 record, his only loss coming in Week 3 where the entire panel predicted a win against the Texans.
For the remainder of the season, four of the five panelists expect a 6-3 record to close the season, with Josh expecting a 5-4 record. Every panelist expects a loss to the 49ers coming off the BYE followed by a bounce-back win against the Titans.
How the AFC South shakes out so far
As it stands, Beau has a perfect projection of the AFC South Standings, while everyone else expects the Jaguars to take the division. The other four panelists expected the Titans to finish second in the division and, while there is plenty of season left, they currently sit in last.
Jaguars Superlatives for the 2023 season
While there has not been one obvious non-Trevor Lawrence MVP for the Jaguars, Travis Etienne has certainly had the most impressive statistics so far.
There was nearly a clean sweep of Calvin Ridley votes for Offensive Player of the Year. While Ridley’s statistics have disappointed, he certainly has made a significant impact on this team. However, Etienne certainly has outperformed any other offensive player so far this season.
Defensively, you could make a case for Tyson Campbell, Foye Oluokun, or Darius Williams as the Defensive Player of the Year. However, Josh Allen certainly is leading the charge for a surprisingly-impressive defense.
For Rookie of the Year, it is hard to make a case for anyone other than Anton Harrison. Parker Washington’s injury and Yasir Abdullah’s inability to get on the field eliminate them from the conversation and Tank Bigsby’s struggles with ball control continue to hold him back.
Unfortunately, Gregory Junior has not been able to stay healthy this season and Elijah Cooks was not able to control significant snaps with Zay Jones missing time. Despite both missing a couple of games this season, Devin Lloyd and Andre Cisco have been solid bedrocks of this Jaguars defense.
It is hard to argue that any of these players are having disappointing seasons. Harrison has instantly become a solid tackle in this league, while Cam Robinson has done well coming in after his suspension. Meanwhile, Josh Allen is on pace for a career year and a major payday in the offseason.
Let us know who you think earn these Jaguars superlatives at the midway point in the 2023 season!