How many of you actually realized that the Jacksonville Jaguars currently lead the AFC South? Many people had the Jags picked to finish last in the division, but shockingly enough, they’re actually tied for first 11 weeks into the season. I’m inclined to call the Jags the worst first-place team in the league, but the Chiefs and Seahawks might also have something to say about that argument.
Pundits and fans figured the Jags had to move past coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback David Garrard entering the year. They were thought to be a team on the decline and expected to record their third straight losing season. Despite winning six games, they haven’t drifted far from those predictions. The Jags have lost fantastically in their four defeats and they have the worst point differential amongst all first-place teams in the league (Seahawks included). The only team with a worse point differential in the AFC is the Buffalo Bills.
In losses to the Chargers, Eagles, Titans, and Chiefs, Jacksonville was outscored 138-39 and looked like a team that would be drafting in the Top 10. Yet the team managed to win Sunday despite committing six turnovers, and they knocked off the Texans on a miracle Hail Mary. I don’t think anyone will confuse the Jags for a standout team, but they further confirm how crazy the NFL can be. Through two-thirds of the season, the Jags are shockingly in first place. As David Garrard said, Thanks Peyton.