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Opinion: What is a reasonable win total for the Jags in 2018?

According to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a better overall record at the conclusion of the 2018 season than last year at 11-5. However, with several playoff teams like the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers among notables on the schedule, and a much stronger AFC South on top of that, is an 11-5 projection a real possibility?

For those wondering, in DiRocco’s projection, the Jags’ five losses came at the hands of the Tennessee Titans (twice), the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Eagles. When looking at those on paper, I don’t think anyone could dispute that any of those games could go either way due to the talent on each team’s respective rosters and the Jags’ history in the AFC South.

All that considered, a projected record of 11-5 isn’t a solid gamble for anyone looking to head to Vegas anytime soon. Not to mention we still don’t know what Blake Bortles we’ll be getting yet despite his solid start in offseason training activities.

Am I downplaying how good this team can be this year? No way. The Jaguars could come out of the gate and run-shad on everyone in the league, but we are also still the unpredictable Jaguars, folks.

After making it to the AFC Championship Game in 2017, I can understand the expectations being through the roof, but don’t let recent steer you from the memories of the one, two and three win seasons in years past.

This 2018 team will be competitive. They will play smash mouth football on both sides. Most importantly, they will win football games. But with a schedule of this magnitude, the Jaguars have room for error, and they most certainly have a few games that will be anything but a guarantee. For those reasons, I think a 9-10 win season is more likely.

The division will be at full strength to start the season, and with things getting underway against the Giants in New York and New England coming to town, it’s going to be a crucial first two weeks in Jacksonville.

Who in the world would have thought this franchise would be projected to go 11-5 by anyone, and beat the Tom Brady led Patriots and Steelers amongst notables? We are truly living in some crazy times.

Duuuuuuuuuvallllllll.


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