Predicting what the Jaguars' 2018 schedule will look like – The Florida Times-Union
Ryan O’Halloran @ryanohalloran
A tradition like any other … it’s the Times-Union’s annual Jaguars schedule guess.
Sept. 9 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars are not a big enough ratings draw to get a Week 1 prime-time slot, but the NFL does like playoff rematches. The Jaguars beat Buffalo in last year’s wild card round and coach Doug Marrone returns to the home of his first pro head-coaching post.
Sept. 17 (Monday) vs. New England, 8:30 p.m.
This one makes too much sense – it was the first game I put in place. The NFL gets the Jaguars on primetime via ESPN, pits them against a marquee opponent (Tom and Co.) and creates a conference title game rematch. Plus, one less home game in the heat is a plus for the fans.
Sept. 23 at Houston, 1 p.m.
A short work week followed by a division road game is a tough ask. The Jaguars saw Deshaun Watson for a half in last year’s opener. The Jaguars’ road to the AFC South title started with a thumping win at Houston last year.
Sept. 30 vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Will it be Andrew Luck or Jacoby Brissett at quarterback for the Colts? Luck has shown no reason to bet on it being him. It will be interesting to see how many rookies are starting for revamped Indianapolis.
Oct. 7 at Miami, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars play at the Dolphins for the first time in six years. Jaguars fans should make this their Road Game Takeover.
Oct. 14 vs. Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.
CBS wasn’t able to keep the Patriots-Jaguars game, but they get this Divisional Round playoff rematch. The Jaguars won both meetings last year in Pittsburgh.
Oct. 21 at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
The Titans beat the Jaguars twice last year. Enough said.