Josh Allen thinks Jacksonville Jaguars can go all the way (with one caveat)

• The Jaguars are 8-3 heading into Week 1

• They're among the best teams in the AFC

• But can they go all the way? Josh Allen thinks so

Oct 15, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41).
Oct 15, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41). / Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are among the best teams in the AFC, holding an 8-3 record entering Week 13. While a trip to the playoffs looks like a done deal, it's hard to tell just how far they can go once they qualify for the postseason tournament. Outside linebacker Josh Allen, for one, is confident in their chances, going as far as to say that they can win it all.

Allen recently made an appearance on Good Morning Football and told host Jason McCourty that the Jags could win it all but also said that they must take it one game at a time.

"I believe we can go all the way, but coach P put it in our minds that this is one game at a time. We're in a playoff run right now," Allen said in reference to a tweet McCourty dug up from the days preceding Super Bowl 57. "For us, every game is important, so we got to hone in each week and really dominate. For me, thinking about last year, about myself, I don't think I played my best ball, and we [still] went to the first round of the playoffs, it was incredible."

"So for me, if I can challenge myself, if I could play at my best level each week to see how far we can go then. I'm going to continue to be that guy for my team, we want to continue to lead not only myself, but Ray [Jenkins], [Andre] Cisco, Roy [Robertson-Harris], and Tre [Herndon]. We got guys at each level that we really dominate the game, so we can continue to play at a high level, continue to play the unit. Man, the sky's the limit, and I'm excited to see how far we can go," Allen said.

Allen has previously acknowledged that he didn't play as well as he could in 2022. Although he posted a solid seven sacks and ranked seventh among pass rushers with 68 total pressure, he wasn't the game-wreaker the Jaguars needed. Heading into the 2023 season, he vowed to grow as a player, and it's fair to say that he's risen to the occasion, setting a new career best for sacks with 12, and tallying 60 total pressures.

Nowadays, nobody will bat an eye if you say Allen is one of the best pass rushers in the league. As he noted, the Jags were able to win a playoff game with a "lesser" version of himself. With him now leading the way, Jacksonville could indeed make a deep run once they qualify for the postseason. Here's the Tweet McCourty brought up during his exchange with Allen.

The Jaguars must take care of business before they can think Super Bowl

Josh Allen isn't wrong. The Jacksonville Jaguars have enough talent to run the table. Although they lost in an embarrassing manner to the San Francisco 49ers, they've bounced back nicely, beating a couple of division foes the past two weeks. That said, they must show they can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league. So far, they failed when given a chance.

First, the Jags lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. They then were crushed by the Niners at home. While they've traveled well this season, going 5-0 on the road, they're just 3-3 at home, and one of those bouts was in London. The point is that Jacksonville has fared well against less talented teams but struggles against the best.

Their next big test will come when they face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15. If they can win, they can then be discussed as a legitimate Super Bowl team, and if they lose against either the Cincinnati Bengals or the Cleveland Browns, their case will take a significant hit.

Heading into Week 13, the Jaguars are in the race for the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC South. With a manageable slate of opponents in what's left of the season, they'll have an opportunity to show the NFL world they're worthy of a playoff BYE. It's up to them to seize their chance.

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