The Jacksonville Jaguars will go 8-8 in 2017.
Well, that’s if USA Today has their way. Nate Davis released his 2017 NFL season predictions for all 32 teams and the Jaguars are just one win away from a winning record and (potentially) earning a playoff berth.
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8): Everything looks to be in place — a potentially dominant defense, upgraded O-line and (most exciting for Jags fans) rookie RB Leonard Fournette — to restore this franchise to relevance ... if Blake Bortles can get back on track. The team will make its annual pilgrimage for a London "home" date in Week 3, immediately followed by two more road trips. If the Jags weather that, maybe they can make a run in December, which begins with three straight at EverBank Field.
I don’t think there’s any way the Jaguars reach eight wins by season’s end, but that’s not even the wildest prediction Davis has here. It’s not even the wildest prediction in the AFC South.
The Tennessee Titans going 12-4 is... an impressive take. I think they’ll win the AFC South, I think Marcus Mariota will emerge as the best quarterback in the division by season’s end, but I don’t think 12 wins is feasible for this team. Mariota still needs to take another step and that defense isn’t quite good enough yet. Division winner? Yes. 12-win team? Maybe next year.
The New England Patriots going 16-0. Oh, God, yes. Gimme. I need Tom Brady to lead the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time and then burn down the league for another undefeated regular season.
The New York Jets at 1-15? I don’t think so. There’s no way they win a game.
The Cleveland Browns are better than four wins, the Carolina Panthers better than seven wins, and the New Orleans Saints are getting to eight.
And finally, while I think the Atlanta Falcons win the NFC South, I don’t think they’re a 12-win team.