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With Deshaun Watson out for year, Jaguars in AFC South driver’s seat

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Joe Nicholson)

Major QB news coming out on Thursday in the AFC South. Perhaps the most important injury so far this season to occur was the news that Texans QB Deshaun Watson will miss the remainder of the year with an ACL tear. He sustained the injury at practice in a non contact play. The news is absolutely devastating for the city of Houston, which isn’t even 24 hours past celebrating the Astros first World Series in franchise history. With that said the Watson injury puts the Jacksonville Jaguars in the drivers seat to win the AFC South.

The Jags are currently tied for first place in the division with the Tennessee Titans at 4-3, however with the way that Watson had been playing especially against the elite teams in the NFL, there was no question the Texans were the biggest threat to win that division.

In addition to the Watson injury it was also learned that Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck who has been out the entire year due to a shoulder injury was put on IR, officially ending his season. Clearly the franchise didn’t see much of a chance in this division to risk rushing Luck back. Plus there’s speculation that this shoulder injury could indeed be a career threatening one for the start QB.

The Jags certainly have the most explosive defense in the NFL as they lead the league in sacks, and have officially been given the nickname “Sacksonville.” In addition they also traded for All-Pro Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus before the deadline making their defensive line the strongest in the league.

With the biggest offensive threat in the division gone for the year, the Jags defense will be able to prey on opposing offenses. In addition to that, their offense is getting healthy as Leonard Fournette and DeDe Westbrook returned to practice this week. 

Despite sharing the same record as the Titans, it’s clear the advantage is going to swing toward the Jags now. Their defense is just too good and determined at this point. Their offense is starting to also pick up with TJ Yeldon giving them another option in the backfield alongside Fournette. For a team that couldn’t run the ball a year ago, boy have the tides changed.

We know that the Jaguars were expecting to have a culture change this year having such a strong offseason. Now it seems that the chips, be it tragic for Watson and Luck and their respective teams are starting to stack in the Jaguars direction. Who would have called Blake Bortles being the longest tenured QB in the division when the season started? Now that’s a prop bet that would have paid off

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.



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    moto joe

    November 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    LOL. Well, the Titans offense didn’t seem to have too much trouble handling this vaulted Jaguar’s defense IN Jacksonville and that was even without their top draft selection Corey Davis being able to finish the entire game.

    I agree that the division is wide open with this huge injury for the Texans, but I believe it’s either the Titans or the Jaguars division to take, not that either team is necessarily “in the driver’s seat” at this point…

    • Ari Russell

      Ari Russell

      November 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      The Dareus pick up for the Jags is a pretty big deal. Especially against a team like the Titans. We shall see, it just seems like the Jags are trending up. However consistency has been an issue so far.

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