The Jacksonville Jaguars Figured Something Out this Offseason

Over the past 2 weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars have won both of their games by a combined score of 62-10. Both of the teams they have beaten were considered playoff contenders heading into the year. The Indianapolis Colts went on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Chargers have dropped their last 2 games but have played well up to this point.

But the Jacksonville Jaguars dominated both of those teams, shutting out the Colts and holding one of the best young Quarterbacks in Justin Herbert to just 10 total points. While the defense has been strong, the offense has had its way as well. Putting up 24 and 38 points in their last two outings.

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When looking at the Jaguars’ offseason, there’s no doubt they went out and improved. But the question coming into the season was, how much of a difference would that make? They drafted Travon Walker with the number one overall pick, brought in Doug Pederson, signed Christian Kirk, and so on. 

But there was one thing that the organization was counting on this season and they knew the team would hinge on that. Going into the game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday the Jaguars had lost 15 straight road games, leading the NFL in that not-so-great category. 

As we all know, last season was a bit of a shit show. The Urban Meyer Debacle along with a team that lacked any real playmakers on both sides of the ball, lead to the first overall pick.

But this could be a worst-to-first type team this year. 

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The biggest leap for this team has undoubtedly come from the quarterback position. Trevor Lawrence has showcased why he was a nearly perfect prospect coming out of college.

Through the first 3 weeks of the season, Lawrence has a 69.4 completion percentage, racking up 772 yards and 6 touchdowns to just 1 interception with a quarterback rating of 103.1. Lawrence has already thrown half as many touchdowns as last season through just 3 games.

In Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Jaguars carved up that revamped Chargers defense. 413 yards of total offense in a dominant win.

Lawrence had long 9 straight games on the road to start his career but won his 10th, the last quarterback to do that was Peyton Manning with the Colts. So there’s that.

The most impressive throw from Lawrence came on a 2nd and 7 where he felt the pressure, moved out of the pocket, and threw a dime on the run to Zay Jones in the back of the end zone.

This play just shows how he has progressed from year one to year two.

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You can tell he is playing with more confidence this season compared to last year.

While we have to acknowledge what Trevor Lawrence has done, the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville is leading one of the best run defenses in football. On Sunday the Chargers were held to just 2.2 yards per carrying while Austin Ekeler gained just 5 yards on 4 carries.

In the first quarter against the LA Chargers, the Jaguars allowed just 22 yards of total offense. The Chargers were a bit decimated as the game went on but the Jaguars jumped out to an early lead and didn’t just coast to a win but dominated. Somehow I can write a blog about a team that is good and then the team immediately loses right after I put the video out, hopefully, that isn’t the case with the Jaguars. It’s a long season ahead but as of right now, they look like they are on fire and the rebuild is starting to pay off again.

Although I don’t catch a ton of Jacksonville games I am going to be watching when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles next week. Both teams have really good defenses so far this season so it’ll be fun to see how both young quarterbacks handle that pressure.

Comment down below what you think the Jaguars’ record will be this season. As it stands right now they are 2-1 and seem to be full steam ahead.

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