The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a National Football League (NFL) member since 1995, initially as part of the now defunct AFC Central, and now part of the AFC South where they compete with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans. Jaguars won two AFC Central divisional championships, in 1998 and 1999, but are yet to win any honors in the AFC South division; could that change in 2016? The Jaguars have reached the playoffs six times, twice in the AFC South, and most recently in 2007.
But since 2008, the Jaguars have only finished above third place once, and that was a second place finish in 2010.
Since 2012, the Jaguars have struggled in the AFC South, finishing 2012 with a 2-14 record (the joint worst in their history), followed by a 4-12, 3-13, and a 5-11 in 2015.
Owner Shahid Khan, who bought the Jacksonville Jaguars for $770 million in 2011, has set his team a target of having a winning season in 2016, but the best most pundits think will happen is a 7-9 record, which is still a lot better than in recent years.
Despite their poor recent results, including losing the last three games of 2015, bookmakers price the Jaguars at +250 to win AFC South, only slightly behind the Houston Texans at +225, a a little behind the Indianapolis Colts at +130.
Any Jaguars success hinges on if Blake Bortles can build on his solid 2015 season after a poor rookie season. The 35 touchdowns he threw were second only to the legendary Tom Brady, which shows the talent the young man has.
Bortles will be pairing up with Allen Robinson at Wide Receiver who caught 80 passes in 2015 and a league tying 14 touchdowns. If these two can connect throughout the season, the Jaguars will cause some problems.
Watch Blake Bortles’ 2015 Highlight Reel
Who Does Jacksonville Jaguars Play Next
The Jaguars went 4-4 at home, but a terrible 1-7 on the road so you may want to place your bets when the Jaguars are the hosts. Who do the Jacksonville Jaguars play next, and where? Let us have a look at the table below.
Jacksonville Jaguars Game Schedule
Jacksonville start with games against Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers at home where they have never won, but then have an easier run in during their next five games.
December could be a bad month because the Jaguars play playoff teams Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings at home, before travelling to Houston Texans all in consecutive weeks.
Jacksonville Jaguars Standings Today
With an expected 7-9 record, the Jacksonville Jaguars are likely to finish third in the AFC South division, but let us take a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars standings today and see if that is looking to be the case.
How To Make Money Betting On Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars need to tighten their defense if they have any hope of a winning season in 2015. Last season, the Jaguars defense was ranked 13 from 16 AFC teams after allowing an average of 375.0 yards per game.
The Jaguars’ passing defense was the worst overall in the AFC, and their rushing was the second worst, allowing almost 700 more yards that the best rushing defense of the New York Jets.
Offensively, Jaguars finished almost in the middle of the pack in ninth place in the AFC with 348.8 yards per game. While rushing needs some work (92.1 yards per game), passing was above average at 256.8 yards per game, allowing the Jaguars to score on average 23.5 points per game.
Quarterback Blake Bortles’ 2014 season was poor, but 2015 ended with an 88.2 rating, 4,428 yards, and 35 touchdown throws.
Expect Allen Robinson to be Bortles’ go-to Wide Receiver because last season he caught 80 passes for a total of 1,400 yards, and tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 14.
Robinson dropped five passes last year and had the lowest percentage of targeted passes, with 53 percent, out of everyone who caught 80 passes or more. It is this area of his game that Robinson needs to work on.
The table below is packed with information about the various online sports betting partners we have carefully selected. Choose one, or more if you wish, and grab their sign-up bonuses today.