2022 NFL preview: Jacksonville Jaguars futures, Super Bowl odds, predictions and best bets

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The Jaguars began the 2021 season as the team with the worst record in the NFL and they ended it the same way. In between a heck of a lot happened. The wild days of the Urban Meyer era are behind them now, though, and normality should be restored under new head coach Doug Pederson. The recent underachievement has handed the Jags a lot of smart young talent from the draft, with 2021 first overall pick Trevor Lawrence joined by this year’s first selection Travon Walker.

It’s probably best not to expect a sudden return to glory for the Jaguars, but the madness of last season probably disguised to some extent how good their roster might have been under more normal circumstances, so a season of steady improvement would no doubt be welcomed by all concerned.

Jacksonville Jaguars breakdown

2021 record: 3-14

2021 ATS record: 5-12

2021 O/U record: 5-12

Key players in: Christian Kirk (WR), Zay Jones (WR), Evan Engram (TE), Brandon Scherff (OG), Arden Key (DE), Foley Fatukasi (DT), Foye Oluokun (LB), Darious Williams  (CB)

Key players out: Carlos Hyde (RB), Dare Ogunbowale (RB), DJ Chark (WR), Tavon Austin (WR), Jacob Hollister (TE), James O’Shaughnessy (TE), AJ Cann (OG), Brandon Linder (C), Jihad Ward (DE), Taven Bryan (DT), Myles Jack (LB)

2022 Draft class: Travon Walker (DE), Devin Lloyd (LB), Luke Fortner (C), Chad Muma (LB), Snoop Conner (RB), Gregory Junior (CB), Montaric Brown (CB)

Jacksonville Jaguars 2022 NFL season odds

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Jacksonville Jaguars Super Bowl odds

The Jaguars are tied for 24th in DraftKings Sportsbook’s odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +13000, the same mark as the Giants, Panthers and Jets.

Jacksonville Jaguars AFC Championship odds

The Jags are 14th of the 16 AFC teams at +6500 odds, with only the Jets (+7500) and Texans (+13000) below them.

Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South odds

The Jaguars are 3rd in the AFC South betting at +800 odds, with the Colts (-135) and Titans (+170) a long way ahead.

Jacksonville Jaguars win total odds

The Jaguars’ win total is set at 6.5 — more than twice as many as the 3 they achieved last season. Under 6.5 has odds of -130 with over 10 at +110. They are +450 to make the playoffs and -650 to miss out.

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Jacksonville Jaguars schedule 2022

at Washington Commanders, September 11
vs Indianapolis Colts, September 18
at Los Angeles Chargers, September 25

at Philadelphia Eagles, October 2
vs Houston Texans, October 9
at Indianapolis Colts, October 16
vs New York Giants, October 23
vs Denver Broncos, October 30 (in London)

vs Las Vegas Raiders, November 6
at Kansas City Chiefs, November 13
vs Baltimore Ravens, November 27

at Detroit Lions, December 4
at Tennessee Titans, December 11
vs Dallas Cowboys, December 18
at New York Jets, December 22

at Houston Texans, January 1
vs Tennessee Titans, January 8

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Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 season recap

Jaguars fans won’t want to be reminded of the 2021 season at all. New head coach Urban Meyer found the move from college ranks to the NFL tough and his team lost their first 5 games (taking their losing streak to 20) before getting on the board with a 23-20 win over the Dolphins in London. They scored a stunning 9-6 win over Buffalo in Week 9, which remains a mystery to all, but the Meyer experiment didn’t last much longer. A number of off-field issues combined with the team performances led him to be fired on December 16, with Darrell Bevell taking over for the final 4 games of the season. He added a win to their record, and an important one at that as the 26-11 success over Indianapolis knocked the Colts out of the playoffs.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 2022 NFL season predictions

There’s plenty of scope for improvement with the Jaguars, with new head coach Doug Pederson likely to prove an excellent mentor for Lawrence and last year’s first-round RB Travis Etienne healthy again after missing his whole first season. There has been a lot of change with this team so it’s hard to expect a sudden rise to stardom, but small steps in the right direction should be expected while the new coaching staff deprograms any bad habits and shows the players the right way to do things.

The Jags had a fearsome defense just a few years ago before trading most of it away, but they’re putting the building blocks together to be a defensive force again and 5 of this year’s draft picks were spent on that side of the ball. We didn’t see many flashes of potential greatness from Lawrence last year, but it would have been hard for any rookie to succeed in that situation and it’s good that he gets a fresh start. There are not many soft games in the first half of the schedule for Pederson to find his feet, though, but the team has enough talent now to avoid picking first in the draft for a third successive season.

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Best bet: Jacksonville Jaguars under 6.5 wins (-130)

Looking at the Jaguars’ schedule, there are only a half-dozen games where you would think they have a decent shot of being competitive at first glance — and a lot more in which it seems likely some misfortune would have to have strike the opponents for them to have a shot. The Jags should definitely make a welcome improvement this season, but they can double last season’s win tally and still not go over their win total. Taking under 6.5 seems like the sensible move.

Jacksonville Jaguars season record predictions

With games against the Texans, Lions and Jets on their schedule, there are going to be chances for the Jags to record wins this season but they may have to show patience before the new regime manages to make them regular winners. A 6-11 season looks to be around the right mark.

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