Week 1: @ Houston | Week 2: vs Tennessee | Week 3: vs Baltimore (in London) | Week 4: @ New York Jets | Week 5: @ Pittsburgh | Week 6: vs Los Angeles Rams | Week 7: @ Indianapolis | Week 8: Bye | Week 9: vs Cincinnati | Week 10: vs Los Angeles Chargers | Week 11: @ Cleveland | Week 12: @ Arizona | Week 13: vs Indianapolis | Week 14: vs Seattle | Week 15: vs Houston | Week 16: @ San Francisco | Week 17: @ Tennessee
1. The Jaguars don't have a primetime game. Not one at home, not one on the road - none at all. They share that designation with only one other team - the Cleveland Browns. Sure, the Jaguars have done nothing to prove they deserve to be on national television in the last . . . well, it's been a long time. Even so the Jaguars have had at least one prime time game every year since at least 2005. And most of those years the Jaguars have been downright bad. Now, in a season that is preceded by hope and excitement due to the return of Tom Coughlin and the multitude of defensive additions the Jaguars are snubbed from prime time - but that's okay - the Jaguars need to prove that they deserve a primetime game after winning just 15 games in the previous four seasons.
2. Despite the Jaguars playing against several of the leagues cellar dwellers this is not an "easy" schedule. The Jaguars open up the season playing 5 out of 7 games away from EverBank Field. It will be no easy task to start out on a positive note playing at Houston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis in that time span. The Jaguars have a somewhat favorable stretch in the middle of the season where they play 5 out of 7 games at home, but during that stretch they'll face the Chargers - a team that notoriously embarrasses the Jaguars and employs former head coach Gus Bradley as the defensive coordinator - they also host Cincinnati, Houston, Indy, and Seattle during that stretch, plus they'll have a tough road game against the Cardinals during that same time span. Finally the Jaguars close the season playing two straight road games against San Francisco and Tennessee. Despite San Francisco being one of the least talented teams in the NFL it's always difficult to achieve victory on the west coast and finishing at Tennessee is never an easy contest. The Jaguars play the Rams, Browns, and 49ers but make no mistake - if the Jaguars survive this gauntlet they will be truly battle tested.
3. The Jaguars will not have their bye week after the London game, instead it has been strategically placed after the hardest stretch of the season for the Jaguars - that is the first seven games - as stated above five of those games are away from EverBank. This makes a lot of sense too. The Jaguars will be able to rest for a full week and prepare for a somewhat favorable stretch of their season. Will it pay off? Only time will tell.
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