Jacksonville Jaguars move to 6-2 after beating Steelers: 3 takeaways from Week 8

• The Jaguars beat the Steelers 20-10

• They go into their BYE with a 6-2 record

• That's the best they had since 1999

Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr.
Oct 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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1. It's time that the national media takes the Jacksonville Jaguars seriously

The Jacksonville Jaguars have routinely flown under the radar throughout most of their existence. That's partly due to playing in a small market, but mostly because they haven't been good. That needs to change ASAP.

The Jaguars got into a hot streak to make the playoffs and win the AFC South last season. They've shown the past eight games that they're not a one-year wonder. In fact, they're better than their 2022 counterpart. Not only are they riding a five-game winning streak but this has been only the third time they've started a season 2022. You have to go back more than 20 years in the past to find a season as successful as the one they're currently enjoying.

Having shown they're for real, the national media must start talking about the Jags as a serious contender. They've had Nick Wright and Colin Cowherd in their corner for a while. It's time for more talking and analysts get behind them. Sure, it hasn't been perfect but Jacksonville has proven they can overcome their own mistakes and win even when conditions aren't optimal. That's a sign of a good team, one that could make a deep playoff push.

In the past, the Jacksonville Jaguars would lose games they were supposed to win. Not anymore. It helps that this is the most talent they've had in a long time. Led by Trevor Lawrence, their offense is stacked with playmakers, including tight end Evan Engram and running back Travis Etienne among others.

The same is true for the defense. Outside linebacker Josh Allen is amont the best pass rushers in the league. Jacksonville has a talented started trio in Andrew Wingard, Tyson Campbell and Rayshawn Jenkins. Their cornerback group and linebacker corps are also filled with both playmakers and talent. It's time the NFL gives them the respect their due.