2013 NFL Schedule: Predicting The Jacksonville Jaguars Season
Predicting The Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 Season
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 schedule was released on Thursday night and it features several favorable matchups against teams that also struggled during the 2012 season.
While it is hard to envision a scenario in which the Jaguars make a magical playoff run in 2013, it is also hard to see them being as bad as they were in 2012 when they only won two games. The Jaguars have a new general manager, Dave Caldwell, stripping down the roster and placing a premium on acquiring younger guys who are hungry for a shot to prove their worth and a new head coach, Gus Bradley, who is an excellent motivator and believes in competition.
The Jaguars are scheduled to face off against both the AFC and NFC West divisions this season, which means that they will be racking up some serious frequent flyer miles this season with some long road trips on the schedule. The Jaguars also have to take a long trip across the pond to London for a “home game” this season. The NFL did not do the Jaguars any favors by putting them on the road for four of the first six weeks of the season including two consecutive games out on the West coast.
The only premier matchups on the Jaguars schedule this season are their Week 8 trip to London for their first year of a four year series abroad in which they will take on the San Francisco 49ers and their only primetime appearance of the season comes at home for a Thursday night contest against the Houston Texans in Week 14.
Here is a game by game breakdown of the Jaguars 2013 schedule.
Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Jaguars get to open at home where they have traditionally done well in openers in the hot September sun. They get rewarded with a game against a team that won as many games as they did last season. I’m not sold on Alex Smith as a good quarterback, so I think the Jaguars start off the Gus Bradley era with a victory.
Jaguars 21 Chiefs 13
Week 2: at Oakland Raiders
The Raiders may be the one team coming into the 2013 season in a worse situation than the Jaguars. Call me crazy, but I think the Jaguars will match their 2012 win total by Week 2.
Jaguars 24 Raiders 17
Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks
Gus Bradley’s will not be given a good homecoming party as the Seahawks are one of the early Super Bowl favorites. The Jaguars will take their lumps in this one, but will benefit greatly from the quality competition.
Seahawks 31 Jaguars 14
Week 4: vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts played well above their talent level last season and are due to come back to earth in 2013. The Jaguars always play their division rivals tough, but after two consecutive weeks on the West coast fatigue will play a role in this game.
Colts 24 Jaguars 21
Week 5: at St. Louis Rams
The Rams are a team on the rise in the second year of a new regime. It is a position the Jaguars hope to find themselves in next year, but this year they just do not have enough to win this game.
Rams 24 Jaguars 14
Week 6: at Denver Broncos
Yet another long road trip for the Jaguars against a Super Bowl contender. Peyton Manning is a familiar foe, but most of those memories are bad for Jaguars fans.
Broncos 28 Jaguars 17
Week 7: vs. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are a franchise in rapid decline taking a long road trip east against what should be a battle tested Jaguars team looking to snap a losing streak before heading to London. I think the conditions are ripe for a mild upset.
Jaguars 27 Chargers 21
Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ers (in London)
The Jaguars and 49ers are both flying a long way for this game, but the Niners will have a significant talent advantage. The Jaguars first of four trips abroad is a nightmare.
49ers 35 Jaguars 17
Week 9: Bye
After five long road trips in the first eight weeks of the season, the Jaguars bye comes at the most ideal time it possibly could. The Jaguars get some much needed rest ahead of a very favorable second half schedule.
Week 10: at Tennessee Titans
The Titans are perhaps the Jaguars fiercest rivalry and they have traditionally struggled to leave Nashville with a win.
Titans 17 Jaguars 14
Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Given the Cardinals offensive struggles this should be a fairly winnable game for the Jaguars at home.
Jaguars 21 Cardinals 10
Week 12: at Houston Texans
The Jaguars almost pulled off the upset of the 2012 season in Houston, I think the Texans will be ready for them this time around.
Texans 24 Jaguars 14
Week 13: at Cleveland Browns
The Jaguars may have an eye looking forward towards their only primetime matchup of the season, but the Browns do not figure to scare anybody this season.
Jaguars 17 Browns 14
Week 14: vs. Houston Texans
The Jaguars only primetime game in 2013 comes against the Texans on a Thursday night. The NFL did not do the Jags any favors by making them play the Texans two times in eleven days.
Texans 27 Jaguars 21
Week 15: vs. Buffalo Bills
The Jaguars get a favorable home matchup coming off of their mini-bye following their Thursday night game. The Jags take advantage of their extra rest.
Jaguars 24 Bills 13
Week 16: vs. Tennessee Titans
The Jaguars return the favor to the Titans by beating them at home.
Jaguars 20 Titans 17
Week 17: at Indianapolis Colts
I’m going to assume that the Colts are going to be playing for a playoff spot at home and will be highly motivated to end the Jaguars season with a loss.
Colts 24 Jaguars 14
The Jaguars are going to be more competitive in 2013 and will benefit greatly from playing a last place schedule. Ultimately I think the Jaguars turn some heads in 2013 and finish with a respectable 7-9 record that will show that they are moving in the right direction.
Jaguars 2013 Record Prediction: 7-9