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Transitioning QB spot could keep Jags from making playoffs

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Jacksonville Jaguars
2010 record: 8-8 (Second in AFC South)

Fearless Forecast

  • Jason La Canfora

    Headed in the right direction, but still worried about lack of playmakers at WR. The QB position could well be in transition.
    Prediction: 9-7, third in AFC South

  • Steve Wyche

    The defense, which has been so poor the past two seasons, should be better but there just aren't enough weapons on offense. Rookie Blaine Gabbert could end up starting the majority of games but in a division with two powerhouse offenses, the inability to get into the end zone enough could prompt a step back.
    Prediction: 7-9, third in AFC South

  • Pat Kirwan

    The quarterback situation is worth watching and there could be a temptation to remove Garrard before the season is over to get Gabbert experience. That will affect the record.
    Prediction: 8-8, third in AFC South

  • Bucky Brooks

    Jack Del Rio wants to rely on a rebuilt defense to spearhead a run at the division title, but the play of David Garrard or Blaine Gabbert will ultimately decide the Jaguars' fate.
    Prediction: 7-9, third in AFC South

  • Elliot Harrison

    Jacksonville fans must be tired of being mediocre, but there isn't much to hang your hat on regarding this team getting over the hump. Per the usual, much rides on David Garrard's success, and while Blaine Gabbert might start ... playoff hopes aren't pinned on rookie QBs.
    Prediction: 7-9, third in AFC South

On the hot seat

Maurice Jones-Drew | #32 | RB

Jones-Drew has been battling a balky knee during the preseason, but will be counted on as the feature runner. His ability to grind effectively between the tackles is essential to making the Jaguars' offense go.

3 Pivotal Games
Week 2 at Jets
Maurice Jones-Drew ran wild against Rex Ryan's defense during Jacksonville's previous visit to New York, rushing for 123 yards in a 24-22 victory in 2009. The Jaguars will hope for more of the same when they play at New Meadowlands Stadium. This is a chance for Jacksonville to make a statement.
Week 15 at Falcons
The Georgia Dome is one of the toughest places from which to come away with a victory, but the Jaguars will attempt to do just that in this Thursday night matchup against the defending NFC South champs. This will be the last of three scheduled prime time games for the Jaguars.
Week 17 vs. Colts
When it comes to the AFC South, it always seems to be about the Colts. Indianapolis has won at least 10 games in every season since 2002, and Jacksonville knows any trip to the playoffs must go through Peyton Manning and Co. Playing the season finale against their division rivals could mean major playoff implications for the Jaguars.



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