The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the top teams in the NFL last season, just a sliver away from playing in the Super Bowl, but had zero prime time games. That could changed headed into 2018, as it seems the Jaguars were one of the more discussed teams when television execs met with the NFL over Super Bowl week.
Via the Business Journal:
Top executives from ESPN, Fox Sports and NBC Sports met with Katz and his team in Minneapolis. CBS met the week before in New York. As in every other year in recent memory, the networks clamored to carry the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers — teams that reliably draw the biggest TV ratings in the league. This year, the networks also showed a lot of interest in the Philadelphia Eagles, even before their Super Bowl win.
What made this year’s meetings different were the number of new teams that piqued interest, like the Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers with newly signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
It shouldn’t be a surprise now that the Jaguars are good they’re being talked about as a team for prime time, because they’re fun.
Typically for your prime time games you get who the league thinks will be an upstart popular team, the old guard, or a team that’s incredibly entertaining to watch. I think the 2017 Jaguars fall into that latter portion, in large part because of the playmaking ability of their defense and their swagger.
Hopefully in 2018 the inconsistencies of the offense are upgraded and leveled out with the potential return of wide receiver Allen Robinson, some offensive line upgrades etc.