The Jacksonville Jaguars have come a long way, but despite a well-respected head coach, what appears to be a franchise quarterback and some big-name players on defense, they continue to underperform. Gus Bradley took over the Jaguars after finding massive success as the defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks, but his goodwill with the ownership is likely fading.
Bradley isn't necessarily in the hottest of seats, but his job will be a lot more secure if the Jaguars do some damage this season. They will have their first opportunity to do so against a formidable opponent in their opener on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay is the model of consistency under head coach Mike McCarthy. Offensively, Aaron Rodgers leads as well as any quarterback in the league. Defensively, Clay Matthews leads a unit that makes things very tough for opposing offenses.
The Packers' chances to win improve even more this season if they have wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the field. Nelson was injured in the preseason last year and missed the entirety of 2015, which was a big blow to the offense. When healthy, Nelson and Rodgers have a rapport unlike any other duo in the league and can be hugely effective.
The Jaguars have highly capable receivers of their own, with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns leading the way. If the team can find success this year, those two receivers will need to continue their strong play while Blake Bortles will need to fully step into his role as franchise quarterback.
As for Sunday's game, the experts aren't completely siding with the favored Packers. Six of the experts at CBS Sports think the Packers will win, while two are picking the Jaguars. Of the nine ESPN experts who have picked so far, eight of them are going with the Packers.
However, here at SB Nation, it's unanimous:
|Game||RVB||Stephen White||Thomas George||Jeanna Thomas||Adam Stites||Tyler Tynes||Louis Bien||Joel Thorman||Fooch||OddsShark computer|
|GB vs JAX||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB||GB|
All nine experts for SB Nation, plus the OddsShark computer, believe the Packers will start 1-0. You can find out for yourself when the game gets underway at 1 pm. ET on Fox.