Over the past decade the Jaguars haven't had much in the way of expectations. But over the last year or so the narrative surrounding the Jaguars has changed in a big way.
Entering the 2017 season Malik Jackson predicted the Jaguars would go to the Super Bowl.
Fast forward a year and the Jaguars are coming off a season in which they came within minutes of doing just that - they fell just short against the Patriots, despite have a fourth quarter lead in the AFC Championship.
Now, many other have joined Malik Jackson on the Jaguars' bandwagon. Just last week Tony Romo predicted the Jaguars would reach the Super Bowl in 2018.
But Jackson made headlines again this week, predicting the Jaguars would go undefeated in 2018 in an interview with TMZ Sports.
"I'm callin' it, 16-0. I don't think anybody can beat us as long as we stay healthy and do what we're supposed to do."
It's a bold prediction from one of the NFL's best defensive tackles. The Jaguars certainly have the talent to beat any team in the NFL, but beating every team on your schedule over a 16 game season is nearly impossible. Especially when you consider the fact that the Jaguars face the Eagles and Patriots - last year's Super Bowl champion and runner up - the Steelers, who will deploy the most dangerous trio on offense in the NFL, and the Titans twice - a team that the Jaguars failed to beat in two tries last year.
However unlikely Jackson's prediction may be, if it comes to fruition the Jaguars would be just the third team to complete an NFL regular season with an undefeated record, following in the footsteps of the 2007 Patriots and the 1972 Dolphins. The '72 Dolphins, however, are the only team to complete a perfect regular season and cap it off with a Super Bowl victory - the '07 Patriots fell against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
This Jaguars team certainly doesn't lack confidence and has the talent to compete on the game's biggest stage, but to predict an undefeated season may be folly.
Was the prediction a mistake on Jackson's part?
Time will tell, but perhaps the real mistake was telling TMZ that Tom Brady "looks a little sluggish" after seeing Brady's recent dad bod photos. The Jaguars face the Patriots in week two in Jacksonville for the team's home opener. The rematch of the 2017 AFC Championship is sure to have a heightened environment, a situation in which Brady thrives.
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