2020 Team Analysis and Schedule
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking for one thing this NFL season: consistency. They did not have it in 2019. The Jags lost starting quarterback Nick Foles to a broken collarbone in week 4. Enter Gardner Minshew II. He played in the last 14 games and completed 61% of his passes and threw 21 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions.
The catch was that the Jaguars were exciting to watch, but went just 4-8 in their last 12. The Jags did not have a signature win, unless you count their Week 3 victory over their AFC South rivals, Tennessee. That win was before Ryan Tannehill took over the signal calling for the Titans, so take it with a grain of salt.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||at Tennessee Titans|
|Week 3||Sept. 24||Miami Dolphins|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||at Houston Texans|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Detroit Lions|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||BYE WEEK|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||at Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Houston Texans|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||at Green Bay Packers|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Cleveland Browns|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||at Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Tennessee Titans|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Chicago Bears|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||at Indianapolis Colts|
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be playing the 11th easiest schedule in the NFL in 2020. The overall 2019 record of their opponents is 126-129-1. Their schedule includes games against playoff teams: Minnesota, Green Bay, and Baltimore; and divisional playoff teams Tennessee and Houston. The Jaguars will be facing the AFC North and NFC North divisions and will feature matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Miami Dolphins. They will also face the Los Angeles Chargers on the road. Jacksonville has one primetime matchup in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins at home on Thursday night. The Jaguars will begin the season at home against divisional rival Indianapolis on September 13.
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Last Year’s History
The Achilles heel of the Jaguars in 2019 was their offense. It was not very good, period. Their 18.75 points per game average ranked 26th in the entire league. There really was not a bright spot for the Jags offensively in 2019. Their highest offensive ranking was 12th in passing attempts per game with nearly 37 passes thrown per game. The rushing attack was mediocre as well, averaging 106.75 yards per game, good for 17th in the league. Leonard Fournette rushed for 1,152 yards, but just three touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and nearly 77 yards per game.
After taking over for Foles, Minshew II threw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns. He averaged seven yards per completion and had a quarterback rating of 91.2. DJ Chark Jr. was the main beneficiary of Minshew’s passing as he had a coming out party in his sophomore season. He caught 73 balls for 1008 yards and eight scores.
Jacksonville Jaguars Key Players
Minshew was drafted in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL draft and found himself on the field due to circumstance. The rookie made the most of his opportunity, winning over Jacksonville and most NFL betting fans with his electrifying personality. Additionally, the second-year player already has an NFL record to his name. When the Jags’ lost Nick Foles to a shoulder injury in their early 2019 matchup against the Chiefs, Minshew had to step in. The rook entered the game and completed 22/25 passes for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. In doing so Minshew became achieved the highest completion percentage (88%) of any player making his NFL debut.
Once the season ended, Minshew finished with 3,721 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions. Look for Minshew to step up and solidify himself as the face of this Jacksonville franchise in 2020.
Chark was drafted by Jacksonville in 2018 and managed to play in 11 games but didn’t put up any impressive numbers. However, with Minshew at the helm in 2019, Chark exploded onto the scene. The second-year player finished the season with 1,008 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, and 73 receptions. Chark even contributed in the running game, earning 20 rushing yards off 2 attempts. Chark’s 2019 numbers earned him Pro Bowl honors and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of damage he does this time around.
Josh Allen and Calais Campbell, both of whom are DEs, were the only players on the Jags’ defense to earn the Pro Bowl call. Allen is the more notable of the two, seeing as how he was a rookie in 2019. Jacksonville’s 1st round pick burst onto the scene to deliver 10 ½ sacks, 31 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles. Campbell was traded to Baltimore mid-March so it’s up to Allen to step up and lead this defense.
Fournette burst onto the scene during his rookie season. However, a hamstring injury sidelined him for most of the 2018 season. Last year, Fournette put up decent numbers but failed to match the explosiveness of his rookie season. He’s coming off a 1,152 rushing yard, 3 TD, 4.5 avg. In Fournette, the Jags have a competent running back that should be a great compliment to their passing game.
Jacksonville Jaguars New Additions
The Jags had two first-round picks this past draft. They selected CJ Henderson, CB out of Florida, with the 9th overall pick as well as K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB from LSU, 20th overall. In the second round the Jags nabbed Laviska Shenault, WR from Colorado before choosing DT DaVon Hamilton out of Ohio State in the third.
In free agency, the Jaguars made it a point to bolster their defense. They signed DE Rodney Gunter, who has been with Arizona since getting drafted by the Cardinals in 2015. They also brought in CB Darqueze Dennard and most notably LB Joe Schobert. These signings should give Jacksonville a defensive boost as they get ready for the year’s upcoming action.
Jaguars to sign LB Joe Schobert to five-year, $53.75M deal. (via @Rapsheet)
— NFL (@NFL) March 17, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars Key Subtractions
In addition to trading away Calais Campbell, the Jags lost a handful of players this past offseason. This includes QB Nick Foles, DT Marcell Dareus, CB AJ Bouye, WR Marquis Lee and TE Tyler Eifert.
Two AFC South teams, The Titans and the Texans, made the playoffs last season, and one of the teams that did not make it should be very improved. That team is not named the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will probably have to jump all three division rivals to get to the postseason in 2020. The preseason division final standings odds have them as big (-250) favorites to end up in last place again.
The Jaguars finished last in the AFC South in 2019, though the entire division was within four games of each other at season’s end. Jacksonville finished with a 6-10 record, while division champion Houston had a 10-6 mark.
This season, it is expected to be a close race again, though the Jaguars are again expected to finish fourth. Jacksonville has +1600 odds to win the AFC South, compared to Indianapolis (+120), Tennessee (+165) and Houston (+300).
The Jaguars’ over/under is set at just 5.0 wins by bookmakers in the regular season wins odds category. Indianapolis and Tennessee each have an over/under mark of 8.5 wins, while Houston is right behind them at 7.5 victories.
Jacksonville Jaguars Offense
Numbers-wise the Jaguars weren’t all that impressive last season. However, if you watch the highlights above, it’s clear that they were a dynamic bunch. If Jacksonville can find some consistency, they’re capable of putting together some impressive highlights.
Last season Jacksonville finished 26th in scoring with an average of 18.75 points earned per game. The passing game ranked 15th overall as they put up 235 passing yards per outing. The running game fared worse; 17th overall with 106.75 rushing yards earned per match. Now that Minshew has some experience under his belt, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this offense improve drastically.
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
The Jaguars’ defense got them to the AFC Championship game just two seasons ago. However, Jacksonville’s defense has failed to match that level of dominance since. Judging from the offseason moves the franchise made, it’s clear they’re committed to bolstering this unit. And judging from last year’s stats, there’s plenty to be bolstered. The Jaguars’ finished 2019 allowing the 21st most points in the league. Against the pass, the Jaguar’s ranked 16th giving up 236.1 per match. They were indubitably worse against the run, giving up nearly 140 yards on the ground each time they took to the field. This pegged them as the 28th worst run defense in the league.
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