Jaguars take on Browns in Cleveland

18 November 2017 21:25:47 GMTPlus11

The Jacksonville Jaguars can take a one-game lead over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South Division standings this weekend.

They play the Browns at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland with Jacksonville leading the NFL in holding the opposition to just 14.9 points per game and the 2572 yards allowed is also the best in the league.

The question most often asked is whether the offense is good enough to allow the Jaguars, 1.01 to win the AFC South, to make a run at the Super Bowl?

The genesis of such a question is in the perception that quarterback Blake Bortles and the rest of the offense are something of a hindrance with the former UCF signal caller usually dismissed as mediocre at best.

However the numbers tell a different story with the Jaguars averaging 25.1 points per contest, good for ninth in the NFL and ahead of the likes of the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons.

Individually Bortles may have thrown for only 1930 yards and his 58.6% pass completion rate is 30th out of 33 quarterbacks ranked, but ultimately Jacksonville is winning.

Part of that, a significant part, is down to rookie Leonard Fournette who is seventh in the league in rushing, but second behind Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys in yards per game.

How that translates to the post-season is of course the question, but it is interesting to note that the Jaguars currently hold the third seed in the AFC Conference, ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs and were the season to end today, would play the Buffalo Bills.

The Jaguars are 4.33 to win the AFC title with the New England Patriots 1.20 and the New York Jets priced at 1213.00.

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