Amazon Prime Day NFL Deals: One gift for fans of each NFL team

The holidays have come early for NFL fans thanks to Amazon Prime’s Early Access Sale.

While Prime Day has come and gone for 2022, Amazon is giving Prime members another reason to be thankful this holiday season.

Amazon Prime Early Access Sale is a two-day event exclusive to Prime subscribers, who can start their holiday shopping with thousands of exclusive discounts.

We know just how challenging it can be to shop for the NFL fan in your life, so we put together a list to ensure no fan gets forgotten this year.

Looking for some team apparel? Got it. Big tailgater? No problem. Want a Halloween costume that shows your fandom? We got you covered.

If you see something you like, but it’s featured in your rival’s colors, don’t worry. Almost all of the items below can be found sporting the colors of your favorite NFL team.

 

After 2 weeks, the AFC South has combined for 1 win

The AFC South has combined for 1 win over the first 2 weeks of the NFL season

The NFC East has been displaced as the worst division in the NFL.

The AFC South has cemented its position as the foundation at the bottom of league standings.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in first place. That is because they have the only win the division has.

And, does that won actually count? Because it came against a division foe, the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are 0-1-1. They have managed to fall behind the Houston Texans and Jaguars at different points over their first two games by a combined 44-3.

For perspective, the Jags and Texans were a combined 7-27 in 2021.

The Tennessee Titans were the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs last season.

They have opened the 2022 season by blowing a double-digit lead against the New York Giants and getting blown out by the Buffalo Bills on “Monday Night Football.”

Do the math and after 2 weeks and 8 collective games, the AFC South is 1-5-2 and can’t go much further south if it tried.

How Doug Pederson is already saving Trevor Lawrence from another disastrous season

Touchdown Wire’s Laurie Fitzpatrick dives into the Jaguars All-22 and breaks down the concepts Trevor Lawrence had at his disposal.

Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t come away with a win in their second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, the starters were up 13-0 shortly after the first quarter began.

The Jaguars accumulated points on each of their first three drives as they finished the first quarter with 42 rushing yards and 86 passing yards while converting a total of eight first downs.

Head coach Doug Pederson was able to exploit the Browns’ defense in several different ways, and more importantly, he remained aggressive when the offense had the ball in their hands.

“Things that I’ve studied over the years is that the teams that score early and build that lead in the first half, tend to win games more than lose games. It’s an aggressive mindset,” said Pederson.

Most importantly, we saw concepts from Pederson and his staff that were far more beneficial to Lawrence than anything Urban Meyer’s crew gave him in the Jaguars’ disastrous 2021 season.

Let’s go to the film and see what concepts and play calls tailored to Lawrence’s strengths!

Jaguars and Raiders players to watch in Thursday’s Hall of Fame game

Touchdown Wire’s Laurie Fitzpatrick gives us the players to watch for the Jaguars and Raiders in Thursday’s Hall of Fame game.

After six long months without football, the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars kick off the 2022 NFL preseason in Canton, Ohio with the Hall of Fame game, which takes place this Thursday, August 4th. The Raiders are honoring legends Cliff Branch and Richard Seymour, and the Jaguars have their first-ever Hall of Fame inductee in Tony Boselli.

Both teams had big offseason changes. The Jaguars are now led by former Super Bowl champion head coach Doug Pederson. The Raiders have new head coach Josh McDaniels who was under Bill Belichick as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

As expected, both teams will likely hold out their starters, but this gives the young players a chance to stand out and prove why they deserve a roster spot.

“It’s going to be exciting just to get the team on the field against another opponent obviously,” said Pederson. “And then for the first time for all of us with the coaches and new players and really the whole team. So, we’re looking forward to that.”

Both teams have rookies and empty roster spots that we will be keeping eye on.

Let’s first dive into a few players to watch in the 2022 preseason opener!

Jaguars don’t have the worst odds to win the AFC South

Jacksonville currently has the third-best odds to win the division.

Jacksonville finished with the worst record in the NFL the last two seasons, and that means this team also finished in fourth place in the AFC South Division both seasons. Heading into 2022, it wouldn’t exactly be a shock to see the Jaguars end up in that position again.

But that’s not what the latest odds show. Per the current betting lines from Tipico Sportsbook, the Jags have the third-best odds to win the division at +1000, behind the Tennessee Titans (-130) and Indianapolis Colts (+140). They’re quite a bit ahead of the Houston Texans, who have the worst odds at +2000.

That’s quite a gap, but it’s likely due to the sheer uncertainty in Houston. Though Davis Mills was perhaps the best rookie last season, his ceiling is unclear. The team also made a fairly uninspired coaching hire in Lovie Smith this offseason after a down (though slightly better than expected) 2021 season that saw first-year coach David Culley get fired.

The Titans being the favorite is understandable. They’ve now won the division in each of the last two seasons and are in the best roster situation moving forward, though quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains a bit of a liability. The Colts have talent, including NFL leading rusher Jonathan Taylor, but they also have a murky situation at quarterback with Carson Wentz.

Though Tennessee had the best record in the AFC this season, this is still a division of teams that all seem incomplete to varying degrees. It could be anyone’s division in 2022, and the Jaguars will hope that could include them, as well.

Indianapolis Colts hire former Jags coach Gus Bradley as DC

Bradley, who led the charge in Jacksonville from 2013-16, makes his return to the division after one year as the defensive coordinator for the Raiders.

Gus Bradley is back in the AFC South.

The Indianapolis Colts are hiring the former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach as their next defensive coordinator to replace Matt Eberflus, who was recently hired as the next head coach for the Chicago Bears. Bradley spent the 2021 season as the defensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders before being dismissed along with the rest of the staff with the head coaching change this offseason.

Before his stint with the Raiders, Bradley spent four years as the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers. He also held the same role in Seattle earlier in his career from 2009-12, which landed him the job in Jacksonville.

Bradley’s time as a head coach was forgettable. He never won more than five games in a season with the Jaguars, and he was dismissed following a 2-12 start in 2016. He finished his career in Jacksonville with a horrendous 14-48 record.

Despite his failed attempt as a head coach, Bradley is regarded as one of the better defensive minds in football and is well-liked around the league. This is a solid hire for Indianapolis, who also interviewed outgoing Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen for the job.

4 AFC South stories from the last week for Jaguars fans to know

Here’s what’s been going on with Jacksonville’s rivals this week.

After the Tennessee Titans were eliminated from the playoffs by the now Super Bowl-bound Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round last week, all the teams in the AFC South are set to begin the offseason.

There’s certainly a lot going on in the division, though. Both the Jaguars and Houston Texans have head coaching vacancies that are still yet to be filled, and the Indianapolis Colts have to replace their defensive coordinator after Matt Eberflus left to take the Chicago Bears head coaching job.

With the offseason in full swing, here are the stories from around the division this week that Jags fans need to know about.

Do the Jaguars have the AFC South’s most promising QB situation?

With Ryan Tannehill’s struggles on Saturday, which AFC South team is in the best position at quarterback moving forward?

Even with superstar running back Derrick Henry back just 11 weeks removed from foot surgery for the AFC Divisional Round against the Cincinnati Bengals, the top-seeded Tennessee Titans are heading home after a one-and-done performance.

Cincinnati pulled off the upset with a game-winning field goal as time expired, and that drive was set up by an interception from quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the final minute. That was one of several costly mistakes Tannehill made in the game, as he completed just 62.5% of his passes and tossed three total interceptions while throwing just one touchdown.

It was the latest big-game let-down from Tannehill, who threw just 21 touchdowns to 14 interceptions this season. He’s under contract for two more seasons on a deal that will pay him north of $25 million in each of the next two seasons.

With the best team in the division struggling with the most important position, it begs a question: Do the Jags have the best quarterback situation in the AFC South heading into 2022?

It may seem like a wild assertion given Trevor Lawrence’s struggles as a rookie. He completed less than 60% of his passes and despite throwing for 3,641 yards, he had just 12 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. But he also showed many promising signs, and though the team needs to build around him, there may not be another team in the division that feels better about the quarterback spot in the long- term.

Indianapolis acquired Carson Wentz last offseason, and though the former second overall pick had a solid season statistically, he struggled down the stretch, especially in a season finale loss to Jacksonville that cost his team a spot in the playoffs. It seems like the Colts may be looking for a way to move on from Wentz, and unless the team strikes gold in either the Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson sweepstakes, it may be in a bad spot at quarterback next season.

Houston, meanwhile, has an absolute mess on its hands with Deshaun Watson. Even if the star quarterback can revive his career after 22 women came forward with allegations of sexual assault against him, he has almost certainly played his last game for a Texans team that he had already demanded a trade from before the allegations came to light.

Houston is, however, the only team in the division other than Jacksonville that may have the long-term solution at quarterback on the roster. Davis Mills, a third-round pick from Stanford and Houston’s first pick in the draft, wasn’t expected to start as a rookie. But an injury to Tyrod Taylor forced him into action, and he had the most productive season of any rookie with 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and an 88.8 passer rating on the season.

However, it’s fair to question how high the ceiling is with Mills and exactly how much upside he has as a prospect. He certainly wasn’t regarded as a talent on par with Lawrence (or the four other first-round quarterbacks, for that matter) but Houston just may have found its answer for the post-Watson era.

The Jaguars need to see a lot more from Lawrence in 2022 to be certain that he’s the franchise quarterback fans hope he will be, but with the rest of the division facing just as many questions at the position, they could be well-positioned to compete in the coming years if they can build around Lawrence.

AFC South news: Texans fire David Culley

The Jags aren’t the only team in the AFC South looking for a new coach.

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t the only team conducting a head coaching search in the AFC South at the moment, as the Houston Texans are doing the same, too. After just one season, the team decided to fire coach David Culley, giving the Texans the seventh NFL opening.

Culley, who has almost 30 years of NFL experience, was hired by the Texans on Jan. 29 of last year to replace Bill O’Brien, who was fired before the 2020 season could end. With Deshaun Watson demanding a trade and limited draft selections, the Texans’ job was one many felt should’ve come with low expectations in Year 1, but Culley still managed to go 4-13.

Of course, two of Culley’s wins were against the Jags, including his first regular season game as an NFL head coach as the Texans defeated the Jags easily by a score of 30-16. He was also able to defeat another AFC South team in the Tennessee Titans as well as the Los Angeles Chargers.

In addition to Culley, the team also fired its offensive coordinator in Tim Kelly who had been with the team since 2014.

Culley joins former Jags coach Urban Meyer, Matt Nagy, Joe Judge, Brian Flores, Vic Fangio, and Mike Zimmer on the list of coaches who were let go this offseason. However, many of the names may not be available for long when considering their experience and connections.

Colts legend Jeff Saturday says Colts lost to Jags ‘broke’ him

Former Colts center Jeff Saturday isn’t taking Indy’s loss to the Jags all that well and vented about it on the “Pat McAfee Show.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars came into Sunday’s game +14.5 point underdogs to the Indianapolis Colts, but just as they did against the heavily favored Buffalo Bills Week 9, the Cardiac Cats pulled off a miracle. Not only were they victorious, though, they won by over two touchdowns and helped eliminate the Colts out of postseason contention.

The Jags’ upset left many Colts fans, players, and coaches distraught, and as a result, it’s going to take a while to get over. That appears to especially be the case for Colts legend Jeff Saturday, who is now an analyst at ESPN.

On an appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show,” Saturday called the loss to the Jags an “epic failure” that “broke” him.

“Epic failure. It broke me,” the former Colts center said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a game that hurt that much that I wasn’t in. My stomach hurt for everyone who was a Colts fan or part of the organization. We can talk about (Carson) Wentz and him not getting it done, but we got beat up. It wasn’t even close. They beat the brakes off us and we had no answer. I never saw that coming.”

Saturday is right, the Jags beat the Colts in every aspect of the game even when taken out the fact that quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked six times. They converted almost half of their third-downs (7-of-15), they won the turnover margin at a 2-to-0 rate, held the Colts to under 100 rushing yards, and won the time of possession battle, too (33:19 to 26:41).

However, there was just a positive vibe surrounding the Jags from the jump as they scored a touchdown on the first drive, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence hit receiver Laquon Treadwell on a 2-yard touchdown reception to end it. It was then that Saturday started to realize that the Colts were in for a long day.

“The first drive, you’re seeing (Jacksonville) convert and growing in confidence,” he added. “You see Lawrence starting to feel good. We had zero pass rush. He’s back there smoking a cigarette, taking his time. No issues. No worries. That got us off our game. We never got into a rhythm with (running back Jonathan) Taylor. We kind of allowed them to dictate when we were going to try to run, and our offensive line didn’t play well. […] Everyone had issues that showed up in big moments.”

While some were stunned, the Jags did prove they were capable of hanging with the Colts earlier this season as Lawrence had a chance to march the Jags down the field for a walk-off score Week 10. However, the Colts’ defense made a huge play as defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo stripped Lawrence and the ball was recovered by Indy.

Lawrence didn’t take that loss well and got his revenge on the Colts after going 23-of-32 (71.9%) for 223 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Unfortunately for Saturday and the Colts, his revenge came when they needed a win the most, and now the team will have to wait until next season to chase a Super Bowl title.