The NFL released its 2020 regular season schedule on Thursday! We already knew the Jaguars would face off against their three divisional opponents — the Titans, Colts, and Texans — two times apiece, and that they would also play the teams from the AFC North, NFC North, and the Dolphins and Chargers. But we didn't know when those games would take place. And technically, we still don't. With COVID-19 looming, we're still a long way away from knowing if the NFL season will kick off on time. We also don't know if/how many fans will be allowed to attend NFL games this fall. But here is the 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars schedule, should the NFL regular season get underway in early September.
9/13 1 pm - vs. Indianapolis
The Jaguars take on the Colts and their new old quarterback, Philip Rivers. Phil has tormented the Jaguars over the years, but the Big Cats owned the Colts in the final game of the 2019 regular season. A win at home against Indy would be a massive confidence booster for the young Jaguars and their fans, and a crucial divisional win.
9/20 1 pm - at Tennessee
The Jaguars have struggled against the Titans in recent years. But some of Jacksonville's defensive additions should help them slow down Derrick Henry. The Jaguars could get out to an early division lead with two straight divisional opponents OR fall behind the 8-ball in the AFC South to start the season.
9/24 8:20 pm - vs. Miami
The Jaguars host a Thursday Night Football game, and it's not against the Titans — yet another shocking development in 2020. The Jaguars host Tua, Fitzmagic, and the Dolphins in week three, a game they'll likely need to win to have a competitive 2020 campaign.
10/4 1 pm - at Cincinnati
A trip to Ohio to take on Joe Burrow and the upstart Bengals — and another game the Jaguars will have to win to compete in the AFC this year. If the Jaguars can take down one of their divisional opponents and take care of business against the Dolphins and Bengals, they'll be in great shape.
10/11 1 pm - at Houston
Three divisional contests in the first five games means the divisional race will manifest early on. The Jaguars lost on the final play of the game in Houston last season and then took a beat down at the hands of the Texans in London. Can Jacksonville get off the snide?
10/18 1 pm - vs. Detroit
The Lions have a talented offense with Matt Stafford returning and a flashy new running back in D'Andre Swift. Will the Jaguars' offense be able to take advantage of a Lions' defense that has a number of new pieces and question marks?
11/1 4:05 pm - at Los Angeles Chargers
The Jaguars historically struggle on the road out west, but with Philip Rivers moving onto Indy, the Big Cats could have a shot to steal one against the Chargers.
11/8 1 pm - vs. Houston
Playing the Texans twice in a four week period could yield tough results for the Jaguars, who have struggled against Deshaun Watson in recent years.
11/15 1 pm - at Green Bay
A highly motivated Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau? With potentially cold weather on the docket, this could be a problematic midseason road matchup for the Jaguars.
11/22 1 pm - vs. Pittsburgh
The Jaguars have enjoyed some success against the Steelers over the past few years but lost the last meeting between the two clubs in Jacksonville. Have the Jags closed the gap between them and their original nemesis?
11/29 1 pm - vs. Cleveland
Mayfield vs. Minshew. A battle of scrappy, playmaking QBs could be a fun one. Joe Schobert will take on his former team and will need to help the Jaguars slow down Nick Chubb and company. Oh, yeah: CJ Henderson will take on OBJ in this one. If he holds his own, Henderson could make a name for himself early on in his young career.
12/6 1 pm - at Minnesota
What do the Vikings and Jaguars have in common? They've both moved on from offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the last two years. The Vikings have been regular contestants in the playoffs under Mike Zimmer. This will be a difficult matchup, but at least it'll be played indoors?
12/13 1 pm - vs. Tennessee
The fifth of the Jaguars' six divisional matchups in 2020 — if the AFC South race is tight, this could be a pivotal late-season contest between arch-rivals.
12/20 1 pm - at Baltimore
The Ravens have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. They're loaded on both sides of the ball. If Jacksonville has life at this point in the season, the Ravens could be a litmus test for the young Jaguars.
12/27 1 pm - vs. Chicago
The Jaguars take on the Bears in the penultimate contest of their 2020 regular season. Gardner Minshew vs. Nick Foles? It's unclear who'll be the starting QB in Chicago, but this contest has all the makings of a dramatic clash between the Jaguars and a QB they signed to a massive deal in 2019.
1/2 1 pm - at Indianapolis
The Jaguars and Colts often square off in the final week of the regular season. Last year the Jags dismantled the Colts and have been fairly competitive with their division rivals to the north over the previous few seasons. Could this be Philip Rivers' last game in the NFL?
The Jaguars have a challenging schedule in 2020, mainly because the NFC North and AFC North are stacked with talented rosters. And their own division, the AFC South, is no cakewalk either — the Titans, Colts, and Texans present unique challenges of their own. For the Jaguars to remain competitive throughout the season, Gardner Minshew will need to take a step forward, as will the offensive line and the weapons around him. The defense will need to be able to slow down opposing rushing attacks to get into favorable situations where they can pin their ears back. Games early on against the Dolphins and Bengals could lead to some early season momentum, but keeping the train rolling will be a tall task for the young Jaguars.
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