One year ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off the 2018 season expecting to challenge for the AFC Championship, seeing as how they went a surprising 10-6 while reaching the AFC Championship game. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out very well as the Jags sank to five victories while looking mostly inept on offense as veteran quarterback Blake Bortles stunk up the place early and often.
Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2019 NFL regular season, expectations are again high after Jacksonville made one of the biggest offseason additions by acquiring former Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl-winning signal-caller Nick Foles to replace the ineffective Bortles.
Can Foles help Jacksonville get back into the playoffs or will the Jags struggle again despite finally finding a competent quarterback? Will the oft-injured star running back Leonard Fournette stay healthy and will the Jags play defense at a high level like they have for each of the last two seasons?
No matter what happens with the Jags in 2019, there are a bunch of things you need to know about the AFC South playoff hopefuls before they take to the gridiron for the upcoming 2019 campaign. Let’s find out what those things are right now.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 5-11 (W-L) / 5-9-2 (ATS) / 3-4-1 (Home) / 2-5-1 (Away) / 4-6-1 (Grass) / 1-3-1 (Turf)
- O/U: 6-10-0 (W-L) / 2-6-0 (Home) / 4-4-0 (Away) / 3-8-0 (Grass) / 3-2-0 (Turf) / 35.1 (Total)
Jacksonville struggled all-around a year ago in winning just five games while covering the chalk an identical five times and just twice on the road. The Jaguars’ combination of inept offense a year and stingy defense ago led to them playing Under the total 10 times in 2018, including a half-dozen times at home.
- Total Yards: 302 / Rank 27
- Passing Yards: 194.3 / Rank 26
- Rushing Yards: 107.7 /Rank 19
- Points Scored: 15.3 / Rank 31
- Field Goal %: 88.5 / Rank 11
The Jaguars finished the 2018 campaign ranked a dismal 27th in total offense, 26th in passing, an uninspiring 19th in rushing and a pitiful 31st in scoring (15.3 ppg). Again, the good news is that Jacksonville finally came to their senses and n=moved on from Bortles in favor of Foles. To address their other needs on the offensive side of the ball, Jacksonville signed veteran former Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley, former Bengals tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and a pair of other veteran offensive linemen while nabbing Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor in the second round and San Jose tight end Josh Oliver in the third round.
- Total Yards: 311.4 / Rank 5
- Passing Yards: 194.6 / Rank 2
- Rushing Yards: 116.9 /Rank 19
- Points Allowed: 19.7 / Rank 5
- Field Goal %: 87.1 / Rank 20
Defensively, Jacksonville finished fifth in total defense, a stupendous second against the pass and fifth in points allowed (19.8 ppg) despite ranking just 19th against the run. To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars drafted athletically-gifted linebacker Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick in a draft many thought he could have gone first overall.
- Touchdowns: Leonard Fournette (6)
- Rushing: Leonard Fournette (439)
- Passing: Blake Bortles (2718)
- Receiving: Dede Westbrook (717)
- Sacks: Calais Campbell (10.5)
- Interceptions: Jalen Ramsey (3)
After topping the 1,000-yard plateau in 13 games as a rookie in 2017, former LSU star Leonard Fournette rushed for just 439 yards in eight games, though he still managed to rack up a team-high six touchdowns. Blake Bortles is gone but young wide receiver Dede Brooks led the team in receiving yards in his second season. Veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell recorded a team-high 10.5 sacks and superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey picked off a team-high three passes while routinely shutting down each opponent’s best wide receiver.
While Jacksonville will definitely be getting some solid play under center out of Nick Foles, the Jaguars also face a difficult 2019 schedule that includes six games against their AFC South division rivals that all won at least nine games a year ago. In addition to that, the Jags also have tough non-division games against Kansas City, New Orleans, the L.A. Chargers, Carolina and Atlanta. I have no doubt that Jacksonville will be better than they were a year ago, but their tough schedule leads me to believe their going to finish right around .500 and anything more than that will be a surprise.