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2016 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule Released
And so it begins. The 2016 NFL schedule has been released to all of the fans and every single one of us is going over who will win and who will lose. This is a fun day for NFL fans as we all look to see how our respective teams will tear through their opponents on their way to the Super Bowl. Yes, it is the definition of 'too early to tell' but this is what NFL fans love.
Guess the Record
There are a lot of things about the Jaguars schedule that people will question. One of which is the lack of a prime time game at home. How fun has it been beating the hated Titans at home on Thursday night? Guess we will just have to beat them at their house in week 8.
The schedule looks tough for the first four games as the defense plays against four decent quarterbacks. It will be do or die time for the Jaguars as they will either hit the quarter poll surprising people or having everyone say, "same ole Jags!"
The exciting part of the schedule I noticed was finishing up the schedule with three straight division games. How exciting if the Jaguars are in position to win the division. They will truly have their future in their own hands.
Without further ado, let's get this party started:
Week 1: vs Packers: I may be in the minoroty here but this is a great game to start off with. The defense was the issue last year and might as well start off against one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rogers. Unfortunately, I do not think the defense will be ready -- Packers 28, Jagaurs 17 (0-1)
Week 2: @ Chargers: The Jaguars let this game get away last year and made a bunch of mistakes. Could this be a revenge game? They do play great on the west co...cough..cough.. -- Chargers 24, Jagaurs 14 (0-2)
Week 3: vs Ravens: The facemask heard around the world! The game the Jaguars should not have one but the same game we all showed up Monday morning going, "i knew the whole time they would win". Let's make this one worth it -- Jaguars 24, Ravens 13 (1-2)
Week 4: vs Colts (London): The away home game! This could be the opportunity to keep the momentum going overseas with back-to-back wins in Wembley AND having back-to-back wins before the bye. I don't think Andrew Luck's beard will help him through this one -- Jaguars 31, Colts 21 (2-2)
Week 5: BYE WEEK:
Week 6: @ Bears: The windy city can't be that cold in October, right? Maybe the defense can be a part of the solution against "Mr. Interception Cutler " Close game but the pressure is too much -- Bears 17, Jaguars 13 (2-3)
Week 7: vs Raiders: THE JACK IS BACK! Del Rio returns with his young QB and rising offense. The Raiders did a lot in free agency to help their defense but is it enough. We can;t let our old coach come in here in win...that is not happening in this shootout -- Jaguars 38, Raiders 35 (3-3)
Week 8: @ Titans (Thursday night): Everyone knows I hate the Titans -- Jaguars 55, Titans 3 (4-3)
What Direction Will the Jaguars be Headed?
Week 9: @ Chiefs: Tough stadium to play in and a team that will remind us all of the prennial playoff Eagles. Something about the team and stadium just does not add up to the Jaguars -- Chiefs 27, Jaguars 20 (4-4)
Week 10: vs Texans: What is this team going to resemble this year? New unproven QB and a new RB. Defense is getting old but it will be the same J.J. Watt. I think this game will stop the 4 game slide against Houston -- Jaguars 24, Texans 21 (5-4)
Week 11: @ Lions: Bye-bye Calvin Johnson and hello offense that showed up in the 2nd half of last year. This is a team that no one can know where they will be. Seems to have some talent but no direction (sound familiar). I think the Jaguars get their first offical road win in Detroit -- Jaguars 28, Lions 27 (6-4)
Week 12: @ Buffalo: When is the last time the Jaguars won two home games in a row? 2013! It is going to be a little too cold in Buffalo for the Florida team, though -- Bills 24, Jaguars 20 (6-5)
Week 13: vs Broncos: The defending Super Bowl champs come to Jacksonville looking like??? Exactly. No one has a clue. my guess is that the defense will still be crazy good and they have that Von Miller guy -- Broncos 20, Jaguars 13 (6-6)
Week 14: vs Vikings: Bortles vs Bridgewater part I. This should be a fun comparison leading up to their first matchup. Adrian Peterson will be suspended for looking at Teddy wrong in the huddle and the Jaguars will prevail in the young QB battle becasue K Jason Myers will hit the game winner -- Jaguars 31, Vikings 30 (7-6)
Week 15: @ Texans: This is a critical stretch that has the Jaguars playing three division games to end the year. For some reason we cannot win in Houston (only twice since 2009). Jags are looking prematurely at playoff hopes and squander a chance -- Texans 20, Jaguars 19 (7-7)
Week 16: vs Titans: Did I mention I don't like this team. They do not win in our house and they will not win the day before Christmas. Playoff dreams still intact for Christmas -- Jaguars 32, Titans 10 (8-7)
Week 17: @ Colts: If the season goes my way (and it will), the Jaguars could be going to Indy with the division on the line. It is time for Gus Bradley's race to maturity to hit the finish line. Congrats to the 2016 AFC South Division Champions -- your Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jaguars 24, Colts 20 (9-7)
How many wins will the Jaguars have in 2016?
Yeah, I Said It!
9-7 would be an awesome record. it would be a diretion that supports the efforts of General Manager Dave Cladwell and Head Coach Gus Bradley.
Jaguars fans have been looking forward to a winner for a long time -- since 2007 -- and I feel that the time is now!
Remember to follow me throughout the season for updates on the Jaguars and, please, tell your friends!
~ Chris A., section 146