The Jacksonville Jaguars are expecting to be the AFC South winners for the second year in a row. They won it last year after starting the season 2-6. They proved that they could come back from adversity multiple times last season and now they need to do it again.
They aren't quite 2-6 but they are 1-2 and on a two-game losing streak. They need to get that corrected soon otherwise they are going to be facing some big trouble as the season moves along. They are going to try and right the ship this week against Bijan Robinson and the Atlanta Falcons.
The wrinkle this week is the fact that they are going to be in London once again. They have two straight weeks there as they will play the Buffalo Bills in week five. Of course, the Atlanta Falcons need to be at the top of the priority list right now.
In order to do that, they need Trevor Lawrence to be better. He hasn't been bad by any means but he certainly hasn't been the elite quarterback that the Jaguars need him to be in order to become a Super Bowl contender.
The Jacksonville Jaguars can still be an elite team if Trevor Lawrence is better.
"Good" isn't "good enough" in the NFL. You need your franchise quarterback to be elite in order to take that big step as a team. Lawrence was elite in 2022 when they won the division.
Each year lately, you see guys like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, and Joe Burrow amongst a few others far in the playoffs. Before them, it was guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees. The point is that you need the elite quarterbacks.
Lawrence was that guy in high school in college and Clemson, and at points in the NFL. To fix it this year, he needs to be that again. He came in 7th place for the NFL MVP in 2022 and that is the level he can reach if not more.
So far through three games, he is completing 64 percent of his passes, has 763 yards, and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Obviously, he doesn't want to throw any interceptions but these aren't horrible stats otherwise. However, we know he can be even better than that.
If he does get even a tad bit better and more productive when it comes to producing touchdowns, they could be one of the best teams in the league. With studs like Travis Etienne, Tank Bigsby, Evan Engram, Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley, and Zay Jones amongst others, they can get back to being dangerous.