Jaguars tipped AFC contenders after back-to-back wins

The Jaguars’ 38-10 victory over the Chargers on Sunday was one of the most exciting stories in football. And not just for some desperate regents out there in the Big Ten contemplating making an absolutely chaotic decision at their head coach’s position, or a medical malpractice attorney wondering why in the bloody hell Justin Herbert was in a lost game without his pro Bowl left tackle back with 28 points.

Jacksonville 2-1.

A week ago, the Jaguars shut out the Colts, who upset the undefeated Chiefs. While it’s important for us not to get caught up in the fog of transition ownership, the point is that, so far, Jacksonville looks like a team that can compete in the upper echelons of the NFL.

Trevor Lawrence throws a football like a generation player. His touchdown pass to Zay Jones in the second quarter showcased nearly all the reasons he was considered a perfect cut-second candidate: mobility, decision-making and scanning progress smoother than a nozzle on a 3-D printer. Mike Caldwell, the team’s defensive coordinator, leads one of the most efficient defensive units in the NFL. The Chargers were held to 2.2 yards per carry, with Austin Ekeler gaining just five yards on four carries. They currently rank No. 1 in the NFL in opponent field goal percentage at 27.8%. For perspective, five NFL teams are allowing a 50% rushing success rate or better than their opponents.

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