When you think of the epitome of great NFL defenses, it’s usually the 2000 Baltimore Ravens or the 1985 Chicago Bears or, more recently, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks. Those teams all were game-changers on the defensive side of the ball and would go on to win the Super Bowl. Sacks is usually a go-to stat to refer to when thinking of a dominant defense and the ’84 Bears set the benchmark of greatness with 72 sacks in a 16-game season. Now, the unlikeliest of challengers is coming for their record as the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars are on pace for 75 sacks this season.
Online sportsbook [custom:bodog-link] may be dubious of the Jaguars breaking this record. The odds opened at +1000 for the Jags to surpass 72 sacks and a blatant ripoff of -5000 for the Jags’ pass rush to fade away. However, this is a prop to seriously consider and here’s why. Jacksonville has gotten 33 sacks (4.7 per game) in seven games this season and has some juicy matchups coming up against some awful offensive lines. Of the Jags’ remaining nine games, they play six of the nine teams with the most sacks allowed, including the bottom three in Indianapolis, San Francisco and Houston. Now is also the opportunity to remind you that in games earlier this season against Indy and Houston, the Jaguars got 10 sacks in each game.
If you’re still on the fence about whether this is worth throwing money on, I don’t blame you. The Jaguars have routinely been a laughingstock and doormat of the NFL in recent years and haven’t had a winning season since 2007. But following year after year of restocking the cupboard with high NFL draft picks and making splashes in free agency, Jacksonville has a serious chance of being mentioned (gulp!) in the same breath as the all-time great defenses in the NFL.
Odds as of November 2 at Bovada