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Can Blake Bortles Legitimize The Jaguars?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been very impressive this season, but are they a legitimate threat to win it all? It is very hard to believe that they will go anywhere once the playoffs come around, but that is only because they have minimal playoff experience. In the years past, the Jaguars have failed to make the playoffs, or even go over .500. In fact, the last time the Jaguars were even at .500 was back in 2010.

This year has been different. Things keep getting better for the Jaguars as they continue to be one of the best defenses in the league, but what really matters is Blake Bortles and his ability to lead the Jaguars. According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, Blake Bortles has more passing touchdowns than Matt Ryan, fewer interceptions than Russell Wilson, a better QBR than Cam Newton, more rushing yards than Marcus Mariota, more passing yards than Derek Carr and a higher completion percentage than Carson Wentz. Wow, now that is impressive.

What is also seemingly impressive is the 10-4 record the Jaguars have posted this season, but when you take a closer look, were those 10 wins really that impressive? This year, the Jaguars have had the pleasure of playing 9 teams below or at .500, and that has to count for something. While they have put up some bold wins against teams like Seattle and Pittsburgh, they have also fallen to teams like Arizona and the New York Jets. The Jaguars easy schedule definitely has helped them throughout the season, but that doesn’t change the fact that their defense is still top 3 in the league and it doesn’t change the fact that Bortles is having a great year.

What it all comes down to is consistency, and the Jaguars have struggled with it. It is really hard to comprehend how the Jaguars can pull off wins against the Steelers but then lose to the Jets, what’s up with that? In the playoffs, you obviously have to stay consistent or else you’ll be knocked out. If the Jaguars can fix their consistency issue, then they will be a legitimate threat in the playoffs under Blake Bortles and a stellar defense. If not, a first round exit is inevitable for the Jags.

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