Jaguars 2013 Schedule Unveiled
By Andrew Kates
Football fans starve for headlines during the off-season so with the release of the NFL schedule, and the draft less than one week away, fans can get their fix. The Jaguars come into this season with the second overall pick in the draft and a new coaching staff looking to right the ship, hoping to do what past coaches, Jack Del Rio and Mike Malarkey could not.
The Jaguars went 2-14 last year and with the release of the schedule, fans might not want to get their hopes up just yet. The Jaguars play seven games against playoff teams from last season, as well as a St Louis team on the rise and an underachieving Chargers team that can go from Jekyll to Hyde in an instant.
2013 Home Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, San Diego, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27, San Francisco, 1 p.m.*
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Arizona, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 5, Houston, 8:25 p.m. **
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Tennessee, 1 p.m.
*Game Played in London
**Nationally Televised Game
The schedule features nine games against playoff caliber teams, and four of them are division games with the Texans and Colts. From what the league witnessed last season, it doesn't seem like Andrew Luck and the Colts are going anywhere, so the AFC South will have some serious competition for the Jags to match up with.
And let’s not forget about the trip to London the Jags will take to face the NFC champion 49ers, as well as back-to-back west coast games against the Raiders and Seahawks. It is feasible the Jaguars could be 1-7 going into the bye week. The Jags might be able to squeeze out four or five wins, but the roster will have to improve if they want to be perennial playoff contenders.
Despite the deficiencies the Jags did manage to get a prime-time game on their schedule, playing host to the Houston Texans. The AFC South champions come to Everbank field for a Dec. 5 showdown. The Thursday night game will be nationally televised on NFL Network.
The team can only get better from here and all indications point toward GM David Caldwell making the right moves in building the team from the bottom, up. It might take a couple years but a winning team is in the making here in Jacksonville.