Nicknamed the “cardiac jags” on account of the team’s knack for pulling off late wins and coming out ahead in tight games, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football team based in the eponymous Jacksonville, Florida. It plays in the NFL as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) South Division.
A brief history
Historically speaking, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a relatively new franchise – having joined the NFL in 1995 as an expansion team for the 1995/96 season. From its founding years up until 2011, the team’s majority owner was American businessman Wayne Weaver ( owner of shoe franchises like Nine West and Shoe Carnival). In 2011, however, it was bough by Saudi-Pakistani businessman Shahid Khan for an estimated $800 million. These days, the team’s value hovers around the $1.5 billion mark.
The Jacksonville Jaguars play their home games at TIAA Bank Field under head coach Doug Marrone. Other notable franchise executives include David Caldwell (General Manager) and Mark Lamping (President). Its colors are teal, silver, and gold – with black accents across the players’ kit. Initially, the unveiling of the team’s logo in 1995 brought with it considerable controversy as Ford, parent company to Jaguar Automobiles, held that the logo bore an unmistakable resemblance to that of its subsidiary. This disagreement was resolved when both parties settled on the adoption of Jaguar as the official car of the team and a slight redesign of the team logo.
The team’s official mascot is named Jaxson de Ville and he has been entertaining fans with his numerous outlandish antics since his inception in 1996. A fan favorite, Jaxson’s in-game shenanigans have, however, led to numerous complaints from visiting team coaches and ultimately, a revision of the mascot rules by the NFL.
Boasting players like Gardner Minshew(Quarterback), Jawaan Taylor(Offensive Tackle), DJ Chark (Wide Reciever), Josh Allen (Defensive End), and Yannick Ngakoue (Defensive End), the Jaguars have a young, blooming squad that many predict as future Superbowl winners. Regarding salaries, Yannick Ngakoue remains the team’s highest-paid player with a $17.5 million annual salary cap.
The Jaguars are known for their shrewd approach to doing business on the trade market and this fact is made apparent by the team’s recent trade dealings. In trading Nick Foles and Calais Campbell respectively, the team acquired the 4th and 5th round picks for the 2020 NFL draft. The Jaguars also acquired Joshua Dobbs in Quarterback from Pittsburgh on a $607,000 per year contract.
No team profile is complete without discussing rivalries. In this regard, the Jaguars have three strong rivalries with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans. These three teams play in the same division as the Jaguars and on game days, there is a noticeable difference in ambiance when one of these teams come to town. There are also other notable rivalries between the Jaguars and their 1995 “expansion brethren” the Carolina Panthers – with which they share a history of having joined the league at the same time. Lately, however, a new rivalry has been seen forming with the Buffalo Bills.
In terms of silverware, the Jacksonville Jaguars have never won the Superbowl. This elusive trophy is perhaps a considerable blight on the team’s record especially considering that for a 25-year-old franchise, it has already managed three division championships (in 1998,1999, and 2017), and made six playoff appearances (in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2017).
More than football
The Jacksonville Jaguars is a team that focuses on community development – a fact few people recognize. Through the “Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation”, the team awards more than $1 million a year towards community programs that target disadvantaged youths, veterans, and the poor.
Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Previews
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not set up to have a very successful 2020 season, in fact they might be the worst team in the NFL depending on who you ask. A couple of years ago they almost beat New England to make it to the Super Bowl, but now that team has mostly been dismantled.
Last year, the Jags won six games, a win total that would be very surprising if reached this season. There is a lot turmoil with this club as they have made moves, including the recent release of leading rusher Leonard Fournette. This clearly shows that the club does not have winning right now in mind.
Key Offseason Moves:
Joe Schobert LB – A quality player but not a dynamic playmaker.
Tyler Eifert TE – I am not sure how much left he has in the tank.
Chris Thompson RB – Looks like he will be the top running back now with Fournette gone – fantasy sleeper!!
Calais Campbell DL – Mainstay of the defensive line and a leader.
Yannick Ngakouwe DE – Emerging edge rusher who the team didn’t want to pay.
Leonard Fournette RB – Talented but enigmatic runner.
Top Draft Choices:
CJ Henderson CB – Immediately the best cornerback on the team.
K’Lavon Chaisson DE – An edge rushing compliment to last year’s rookie sensation Josh Allen.
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR – Physical receiver who can make an immediate impact.
Top Player Profiles
DE Josh Allen – Though just in his second year, the super athletic edge rusher is probably the Jags best player. He had 10.5 sacks last season and there is no reason to think he can’t match that kind of production. In the past 10 years an edge rusher has won Defensive Player of the Year a couple of times but I am not seeing Allen on any preseason lists, so you would have to call him as part of the field. You can get +5000 or so on that group. It is hard to win this award for a bad team though. Not a great bet.
QB Gardiner Minshew – The quarterback was also a rookie last season. Not much was expected of him but he had some good games and he garnered even more attention with his personality. He threw for 3200+ yards a year ago with 21 TDs and only 6 INTs and had moments where he looked like the future enough for them to get rid of Nick Foles, who they signed not that long ago. With quarterbacks you can usually get prices on something and Minshew has a future on his yardage total of 3499.5. (+100). That seems fair, if he starts the whole season. That number is well in range if he gets all the starts. He does not have to be spectacular to get there.
CB CJ Henderson – Though just a rookie, he is coming in with lots of swagger from Florida. He is expected to start from game one and will be challenged by opponents to see if he is the real deal. Cornerbacks might not get into as many plays as linebackers due to the nature of the position but they usually have great opportunities to make memorable plays, and score. Right now Henderson is +2500 to take the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Those are some interesting odds because he should get plenty of time to show he is ready. I would take a chance on him.
Jacksonville Jaguars Team Odds
Win Total: 4.5
That is a very low total but with a team like Jacksonville, where are the guaranteed wins? Within the division they are unlikely to be favored in any game this season and the worst team on their schedule is probably Cincinnati, with that one being on the road and the Bengals much improved from last season, that is no gimme. The Los Angeles Chargers look to be pretty bad too but that is on the road also. It is not always a fair comparison but this team only won six games a year ago. With the moves they have made, they are likely less talented overall and definitely less proven. I am only seeing two or three wins on the schedule.
Odds to win AFC South: +2500
This is going to be a tough season for the Jaguars. If there is any optimism at all though, it is that there is not a dominant team in the division. Tennessee plays tough but is not elite; Houston seems to change its mind every two seconds in terms of how they want to play and with what personnel, and the Indianapolis Colts are hoping QB Philip Rivers still has something left in the tank. I am not saying I think the Jags are a good bet to win the AFC South but it might only take 9 wins, not an elite level season, to get the job done.
Odds to win Super Bowl: +23500
These are the longest odds on the board and for good reason. While I can have a little optimism for things being a little better than expected and the Jags winning the division and sneaking into the playoffs, I have none that they could then rattle off a few wins and steal a Super Bowl title. They are not strong enough on offense or defense to get on that kind of a roll. Though a payoff like that can always be inviitng there are lottery tickets at long odds that at least have a chance to cash out there.
All of the choices the Jags are making say that they are playing for tomorrow. Experts say there is no tanking in the NFL but there are ways to lose as inexpensively as possible. I do think the Jags are trying to build what could be a strong defense at all levels and we are seeing it grow. They should be able to get after opposing quarterbacks, make tackles in the middle of the field and defend the pass at the backend. It was that defense that led them to success back in 2017, when they made the AFC Conference Championship game. On offense, they are still pretty unsettled. Minshew is a likable leader but there is a reason he was drafted where he was. The best thing about this season is that it may position themselves to select one of the elite arms coming out next season. The offense is not likely to be very reliable and eventually the defense is going to get worn out. I am seeing a 3-13 season, so that under looks alright. In terms of playing the Jags against the spread, they might hang close in the first half of games before that defense gets tired. They are going to be a fade most weeks. Not a shock when you look at that projected record.