If someone told you at the start of the 2017 season that the Jacksonville Jaguars could actually be Super Bowl contenders, you would have laughed in their face.
One statistic they managed to achieve so far this campaign though shows they could be on their way to The Big Game for the first time in team history.
The Jaguars are currently off to a 3-2 start to the 2017 season after big wins against the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which something you wouldn't have believed at the start of the season if you had little faith in Blake Bortles being able to lead.
However, the team's defense is the major reason why the team finds itself in the position it does right now, especially after their performance last week against the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, where they intercepted the quarterback five times in one game.
During the 2017 season so far, Jacksonville has allowed just 177.8 passing yards per game (third in the NFL) and only 3 touchdown passes (tied for second). They also lead the league in interceptions with 10, and in sacks with 20. Their most impressive statistic though has to be their quarterback rating allowed to opposing signal callers.
According to NFL Research, after five games played, the Jaguars have only allowed opposing quarterbacks to achieve an average rating of 56.9, which is a great achievement, but it looks even better when you compare it to other teams that have managed to only allow such a low rating.
Only three teams in the last 25 years have allowed a lower passer rating than the 2017 Jaguars. The 1996 Green Bay Packers, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the 2003 New England Patriots. The correlation between these three? All three of those teams won the Super Bowl that season.
So will the 2017 Jaguars be winning the Super Bowl this season? It's too early to call, but what an achievement it would be.
Only time will tell if this Jacksonville team can make the step up to be consistent enough to make the playoffs, nevermind the Super Bowl, as the franchise has not made the postseason since the 2007 season. There are still plenty of games left to be played, but it looks like a promising time to be a Jaguars fan.
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