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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.