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AFC South is wide open and the Jaguars can put themselves in the driver’s seat

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After the first four weeks of the 2019 NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars find themselves tied for first place in the AFC South. Yep, they’re tied... with every other team in the AFC South, as all four teams currently sit with a 2-2 record. The Jaguars have dealt with a lot of turmoil through the first four weeks, including losing their starting quarterback 10 snaps into his season, but head coach Doug Marrone has done a good job of keeping everything together and blocking out the noise.

With every team at basically a neutral position, one of them is going to go on a little run soon and pull away from the pack. The Jaguars could be one of those teams with how the schedule has lined up over the next few weeks, missing Cam Newton, Drew Brees and maybe Sam Darnold. They also get the Houston Texans, who they were inches away from beating in Week 2, in the London game.

This season so far reminds me a lot of the 2017 season, the last time the Jaguars won the AFC South, in that the team is getting some lucky breaks ahead of them and facing a lot of teams at the right time, when their starting quarterback is injured. Now, the defense hasn’t been the turnover machine they were in 2017, however the sacks and pressure is starting to come now that the Gardner Minshew II led offense has been able to actually put points on the board.

The next few weeks will be very important in the AFC South race and could end up catapulting the Jaguars towards the division title, or bury them in the muck.