Betting The NFL: Jags Favored To Lead League In Penalty Yardage

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars have led the league in penalty yardage for three years in a row.
  • They have been given +650 odds to make that a four-year streak in 2021.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars have been among the most penalized teams in the NFL for the past few seasons.

A succession of coaches have run the organization in recent years and the latest in this long line is Urban Meyer, who is not known for his disciplinarian style.

Can the Jaguars manage to maintain the dubious honor of being the worst team in the NFL when it comes to penalty yards?

Let’s check out the odds!

NFL Team To Have The Most Regular Season Penalty Yards

  • Jacksonville Jaguars +650
  • Kansas City Chiefs +650
  • Baltimore Ravens +800
  • Cleveland Browns +800
  • New York Jets +800
  • Arizona Cardinals +1400
  • Las Vegas Raiders +1400
  • Atlanta Falcons +2000
  • Dallas Cowboys +2000
  • Detroit Lions +2000
  • Houston Texans +2000

The Jaguars sit near the top of the penalty yardage rankings and the fact that anyone is even close to them might be a bit disrespectful to their incredible ability to rack up penalty yardage.

In 2020, the Jags led the league in penalty yardage with 66.9 penalty yards per game, while the next closest team, the Baltimore Ravens, was more than 10% below them at 60.0 yards per game.

In 2019, the Jaguars had even more penalty yardage, although they did have more competition. They averaged 72.8 penalty yards per game, beating out the Las Vegas Raiders at 71.1.

In 2018, the Jaguars once again finished atop the penalty yardage rankings, with 69.5 penalty yards per game, while the Kansas City Chiefs were next on the board with 68.6.

In order to find a season in which the Jaguars did not lead the league in penalty yardage, one has to go back as far as 2017, a season in which they made it to the AFC Championship Game.

Past Failure Is No Guarantee Of Future Failure

There’s no guarantee that the Jaguars will continue to lead the league in penalty yardage but the ingredients are there.

A historically undisciplined team, poor DB play leading to pass interference calls, and general lack of expectations for this season as a whole outside of rookie QB Trevor Lawrence.

The Jags have led the league in penalty yardage for three seasons running, and they have +650 odds to do so again.

They are basically the back-to-back-to-back champions of this and they’re still expected to maintain their title for the 2021-2022 NFL season.

This speaks to the unpredictability of penalty yardage in the NFL, but also speaks to the massive “accomplishment” the Jags have already achieved.

Going back-to-back-to-back-to-back would be truly special and online gambling fans should be aware of the being a real possibility.