The Jacksonville Jaguars come in off another poor year, in which they went just 3-13 on the year and I'm not sure the prospects of them turning things around this year look all that good. This year Vegas has the Jaguars win total set at 5.5 (O -140). Vegas Odds have the Jags listed as +2000 to win the AFC South, +7500 to win the AFC Title and +15000 to win the Superbowl. A preview of the Jacksonville Jaguars, along with their 2015 Schedule are below.
Last year the Jags were last in the league in scoring, at 15.6 ppg, while also ranking 31st in total yards (289.6 ypg), 31st in passing (187.6 ypg) and 21st in rushing (102.1 ypg). The Jags have been pathetic on offense the last few years and while they are improved this year, it won't be by a whole lot. Blake Bortles has a shot at being a star in this league, but he has little in the way of a supporting cast. The Jags did puck up TE Julius Thomas and drafted TJ Yeldon in the offseason, but still they need much more than that. Yeldon has the tools to be a solid RB in this league, as most RBs from Alabama do, but still he is operating behind a rather weak OL, so I would not look for him to have a spectacular rookie season and should he get hurt the Jags don't have a lot of depth behind him. The WR corps is talented, but also very young and they will go through some growing pains this year. The Jags will be improved on offense, especially in the 2nd half of the year, but still they are a ways away from averaging 20 ppg.
Defensively, the Jags ranked 26th in points allowed (25.8 ppg), 26th in yards allowed (370.8 ypg), 22nd vs the pass (243.7 ypg) and 27th vs the run (127.1 ypg). The defense was very poor for the Jags last year and I'm not sure they will be better this year. They lost their best run stopper in Red Bryant and just don't have a real star at any level of this defense. The DL may be the worst unit of the bunch and will struggle vs the run and to get pressure on the QB. The LB Corps is below average as well with their leader being Telvin Smith, who is really on an average played compared to the rest of the league. The secondary struggled last year and was very young, but this year they are the best unit on this defense. They have talent and have been upgraded with the drafting of James Sample and the addition of Davon House through free agency. The defense has some talent in the secondary, but the fron 7 is very weak and they also don't have a lot of depth. They may allow 25+ ppg again this year.
Gus Bradley is on the hot seat as he has a 7-25 record in his two season as the Jags head coach and achieving atv least a .500 record seems to be a few years away. It won't happen this year, that's for sure. The Offense will be improved, but still they just can't score enough points to hang in the new NFL that has seeing a scoring increase. They also won't be able to score enough to points to overcome that bad defense that they will put on the field week after week. The Jags are just a bad team this year and they may be look to get out of Jacksonville, so i'm not sure this team will play hard each an every week. I do not expect them to to the 5.5 game win total that has been posted for them.
Info Gathered From Scout.com & Athlon Sports
2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule
Sept. 13 Carolina Panthers, 1
Sept. 20 Miami Dolphins, 4:05
Sept. 27 at New England Patriots, 1
Oct. 4 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Oct. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Oct. 18 Houston Texans, 1
Oct. 25 Buffalo Bills (London), 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 1 BYE
Nov. 8 at New York Jets, 1
Nov. 15 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Nov. 19 Tennessee Titans (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 29 San Diego Chargers, 1
Dec. 6 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Dec. 13 Indianapolis Colts, 1
Dec. 20 Atlanta Falcons, 1
Dec. 27 at New Orleans Saints, 1
Jan. 3 at Houston Texans, 1
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