By: Hays Carlyon
Jalen Ramsey vs. Patrick Mahomes.
Get ready for some fun on Sept. 8, Jacksonville.
The NFL released the 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday night. The Jaguars will host Kansas City in the opener on Sept. 8. Mahomes won the MVP last season throwing for 50 touchdowns.
The league gave the Jaguars one prime-time game, a home tilt against Tennessee on “Thursday Night Football” on Sept. 19.
Here’s the full schedule followed by some thoughts:
Sept. 8 — vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15 — at Houston, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 – vs. Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sept. 29 – at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 6 – at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 – vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20 – at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 – vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 – vs. Houston, in London, 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 10 – Bye
Nov. 17 – at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Nov. 24 – at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 1 – vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 8 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 15 – at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 22 – at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Dec. 29 – vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
- A 2-2 start should be the goal for the first four games. It won’t be easy. A 3-1 second quarter seems plausible. Then comes the London trip. Getting to the bye at 6-3 is attainable.
- The Jaguars will close the season at home for the first time since 2011. Usually the Gator Bowl makes it difficult for the Jaguars to play at TIAA Bank Field. The finale against the Colts could be for the AFC South title, so it’s fantastic that it’s here.
- Cold weather should not be a problem. The Denver trip is placed perfectly in late September. The last two trips are to Oakland and Atlanta (dome stadium).
- The Jaguars will not play in Jacksonville for the entire month of November, a span that covers Weeks 9-12. There will always be a huge gap in the home schedule at TIAA Bank Field because the London game usually is sandwiched between a bye week and road game.
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