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Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Preview 2021

2021 Team Analysis and Schedule

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a miserable 2020 season, but 2021 will be the start of a new era for this franchise. New coaching staff is set to take over, and there will be some players with plenty of hype on the field as well.

Jacksonville is not expected to be a serious playoff contender, but this is a team that should be much improved from a season ago. Playing in the AFC South will provide a massive challenge for the Jaguars as there are two terrific teams in the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

This will be a team to keep an eye on over the next few seasons and it will all start with a solid 2021 campaign.

Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 Schedule

Week Date Opponent
Week 1 Sept. 12 at Houston Texans
Week 2 Sept. 19 at Denver Broncos
Week 3 Sept. 26 at Arizona Cardinals
Week 4 Sept. 30 at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5 Oct. 10 at Tennessee Titans
Week 6 Oct. 17 at Miami Dolphins
Week 7 Oct. 24 BYE WEEK
Week 8 Oct. 31 at Seattle Seahawks
Week 9 Nov. 7 at Buffalo Bills
Week 10 Nov. 14 at Indianapolis Colts
Week 11 Nov. 21 at San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 Nov. 28 at Atlanta Falcons
Week 13 Dec. 5 at Los Angeles Rams
Week 14 Dec. 12 at Tennessee Titans
Week 15 Dec. 19 at Houston Texans
Week 16 Dec. 26 at New York Jets
Week 17 Jan. 2 at New England Patriots
Week 18 Jan. 9 at Indianapolis Colts

Even though the Jaguars were the worst team in the NFL a year ago, they won’t have the easiest schedule based on 2020 records. Jacksonville’s opponents in 2021 had a winning percentage near 47 percent last season, which will still give the Jaguars a nice advantage.

Facing the Titans and Colts twice each will make things difficult right off the bat. Both teams are Super Bowl contenders and picking up even just one win in these four games would be a massive step.

Jacksonville has its bye in Week 7 and that will come at a perfect time. After that bye, the Jaguars will take on the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills in what will be extremely difficult games.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 Summary

The 2020 season started off with an impressive upset win over the Indianapolis Colts, but then it was all downhill from there. Jacksonville lost the next 15 straight games and was not competitive in many of them.

Injuries took a toll on the Jaguars, but this team just had too many holes to compete with some of the other top teams in the league. Head coach Doug Marrone was ultimately fired after the season and general manager David Caldwell was fired during the year.

The 1-15 record did give the Jaguars the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and that could pay major dividends moving forward. The Jaguars did not have any players make it to the Pro Bowl.

Jacksonville Jaguars Key Players

Trevor Lawrence

Rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence will be the biggest key for the Jaguars, even though he has yet to take a snap in the NFL. There are some lofty expectations already placed on Lawrence, but the Jaguars will need him to live up to the hype if they are going to show signs of improvement this season.

James Robinson

Robinson was an unknown player prior to the 2020 NFL season, but he was one of the few bright spots for the Jaguars. Robinson rushed for over 1,000 yards during his rookie season and he became the top offensive player for Jacksonville during the miserable 2020 campaign.

Marvin Jones

Jones will be a huge factor on offense this season as he is a terrific wide receiver. Jones should give the Jaguars a deep threat and that could take some pressure off of Lawrence and the running game.

Jacksonville Jaguars New Additions

This is the most important aspect for the Jaguars as this team is full of new additions under head coach Urban Meyer. The Jaguars needed a fresh start and this roster will look much different than it did in 2020.

Drafting Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne are the two biggest additions to Jacksonville and those moves should pay dividends for years to come. The addition of Marvin Jones will also have a huge impact on the overall success of the offense.

Linebacker Damien Wilson and cornerback Shaquill Griffin were both brought in and those two moves could upgrade the defense as well.

Jacksonville Jaguars Key Subtractions

Outside of the Jaguars franchise making a big change at head coach and GM, there aren’t many notable subtractions from this team. Jacksonville will be without some players from the 2021 season, but most of those moves were done by choice.

Cornerback D.J. Hayden is one player that won’t be returning and that could be a big loss on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, tight end Tyler Eifert has not yet been re-signed by the Jaguars and that could be a substantial loss.

This is not a team that was hit hard in free agency, but there has been plenty of roster turnover under the new regime.

Divisional Outlook

Here is a look at the divisional betting odds for the AFC South during the 2021 season:

Tennessee Titans -135

Indianapolis Colts +165

Jacksonville Jaguars +650

Indianapolis Colts +2000

The first thing to note is that the race to win the AFC South should be extremely competitive this season between the Colts and titans. There is not much separation between these two teams, and both teams had identical 11-5 records a season ago.

The other interesting thing when looking at the odds is that the Jaguars are actually a clear favorite to finish in third place in the division. Houston has been a much better team than Jacksonville, but the Jaguars do have some hope.

Jacksonville Jaguars Offense

Looking at the 2020 numbers won’t really tell the whole story with the Jaguars offense as this team is set to have a number of new pieces. With Trevor Lawrence leading the way there is a belief that Jacksonville could become a great offensive team.

Robinson already rushed for 1,000 yards a season ago, but the running back room is now more crowded with Etienne and the signing of Carlos Hyde. Robinson is set to become the starter at that position, but depth is always a good thing.

The Jaguars have the potential to be an explosive offensive team as long as Lawrence is able to live up to the hype.

Jacksonville Jaguars Defense

The defense in Jacksonville could be a problem ias there wasn’t a ton of money or draft picks spent to clean up this side of the ball. The Jaguars allowed over 30 points per game and that isn’t going to work if they want to turn the franchise around.

Stopping the run was a major problem for Jacksonville in 2020 as it allowed over 153 rushing yards per game. The Jaguars will have to clean that up, especially when facing AFC South teams that love to run the football.

Jacksonville Jaguars FAQ

What is the Jacksonville Jaguars' all-time record?

177-239-0

Who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Shahid Khan owns the Jacksonville Jaguars.

How many Super Bowls have the Jacksonville Jaguars won?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not only never won a Super Bowl, but they have never made a Super Bowl appearance.

Who is the quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Rookie Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the Week 1 starting quarterback for the Jaguars.

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