Here’s a prediction you may not get from many other media members - the Jacksonville Jaguars will win a football game.
It will come next week when the team travels to St. Louis. While the idea of knocking off a very hot Indianapolis Colts team is highly unlikely, the Rams present a better chance for this team to get in the win column.
It still won’t be easy.
The sum of all of Jacksonville’s parts will be in place, the players should all be healthy. The team travels to Denver (ugh), then plays San Diego. The season could take a right turn for this organization, it just might. Two wins before a trip to London (where the 49ers don’t look invincible anymore) could be a good thing.
But on the schedule this week are the Colts, a team that showed its commitment to winning with its trade for Trent Richardson. Now, a team that is 19th overall in the NFL in team defense must try and not only stop Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, it must also become a wall of China and impede Richardson and running mate Ahmad Bradshaw.
Good luck with that.
By the way, in case you were wondering, Colts win 33-16. Here are three bold predictions for this game.
Gabbert plays like a quarterback
If he comes out and looks the part and shows the leadership skills he displayed in the preseason, then this could be the week we see the production of "Blaine Gabbert the Quarterback."
The Jacksonville fans are owed that and the franchise deserves a return on their investment. I think the time off to heal and the fact he has digested the team’s losing as a player out of sorts has done him some good. Let’s all hope it means 350 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Reggie Wayne does it again
Wayne, like Connor Barwin of the Eagles, loves playing against the Jaguars.
Eight catches in each of the two games last season proves that. With a secondary that could start three rookies, the veteran receiver from Miami could be licking his chops at another huge game. Don’t be surprised if Wayne has another eight catches for 130 yards and two scores.
He could also be a great decoy so Donnie Avery and TY Hilton become the main targets in the offense this week.
Plenty of empty seats
This one should come as no surprise, but it has major implications for this franchise.
The Jaguars are home for one week, then travel to St. Louis and then Denver. There is no way to make this call any easier - this team must keep its fans in the stands. If the franchise comes back 1-5 before it plays San Diego, it could be an ugly scene at EverBank Field.