Jaguars Ascend as Strong AFC Contenders: A Look at Their Rapid Rise
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Jaguars Ascend as Strong AFC Contenders: A Look at Their Rapid Rise

20 October 2023
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Jaguars Ascend as Strong AFC Contenders: A Look at Their Rapid Rise

Jaguars Rising

Amid the AFC's relentless spotlight on perennial giants like the Chiefs, Dolphins, and Bills, there's a quiet storm brewing down in Jacksonville. The Jaguars, once overlooked, are now on the verge of making their presence felt.

A sensational 31-24 victory over the Saints on Thursday Night Football catapulted the Jaguars to a 5-2 record. Their march towards domination in the AFC South is becoming undeniable, with the Titans already stumbling and the Texans and Colts striving to keep up at 3-3.

The Quest for Greatness

Having seized the divisional crown, the Jaguars now ponder a more ambitious target: a potential Super Bowl appearance.

Statistical Insights

Examining the numbers reveals a team with promise. They currently rank ninth in points scored (24.7) and 17th in points allowed (20.8) per game, which speaks to their ability to hold their own.

To appreciate their journey fully, one must consider their recent four-game winning streak and their demanding travel schedule, which included back-to-back games in London and a short week.

A Multifaceted Offense

Offensively, the Jaguars present a formidable arsenal, boasting stars like Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, Travis Etienne, and Evan Engram. What sets them apart is their diverse set of options on every play.

The Upward Trajectory

In their last 17 games, which includes playoff fixtures, the Jaguars have emerged victorious in 12 of them. Trevor Lawrence's growth is evident, with 4,180 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions an encouraging sign of his potential to become an All-Pro candidate.

The Pederson Impact

The Doug Pederson factor cannot be overlooked. He's been tasked with rejuvenating a franchise tarnished by Urban Meyer's tenure. With a Super Bowl win with the Eagles and a strong track record in the NFC East, Pederson's presence is a game-changer for Jacksonville.

Doug Pederson

Facing the Titans

In their showdowns with two of the AFC's elite, the Chiefs and the Bills, the Jaguars showcased their ability to compete with the best, holding Kansas City to 17 points and securing a victory against Buffalo.

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