Jacksonville Jaguars 2024 Schedule: Takeaways, Predictions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2024 schedule was released Wednesday along with the rest of the NFL roster.

The Jaguars have one of the toughest schedules in the league and the toughest part might be the start. The Jaguars’ first four games will be against 2023 playoff teams – Miami, Cleveland, Buffalo and Houston – with the Bills game taking place on Monday Night Football (the second straight season the Jaguars play on Monday). .

The Jaguars are playing back-to-back games in London for the second consecutive season. They are the road team against Chicago at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Week 6 and the home team against New England at Wembley Stadium in Week 7. The Jaguars won both London games last season (beating Atlanta and Buffalo) and have won three of their last games. four matches in London.

Here’s what’s in store for the Jaguars:

Jaguars 2024 regular season schedule

Week 1: September 8 in Miami

Week 2: September 15 against Cleveland

Week 3: September 23 in Buffalo (MNF)

Week 4: September 29 in Houston

Week 5: October 6 against Indianapolis

Week 6: October 13 in Chicago (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London)

Week 7: October 20 against New England (Wembley Stadium, London)

Week 8: October 27 against Green Bay

Week 9: November 3 in Philadelphia (SNF)

Week 10: November 10 against Minnesota

Week 11: November 17 in Detroit

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: December 1 against Houston

Week 14: December 8 in Tennessee

Week 15: December 15 against the New York Jets

Week 16: December 22 in Las Vegas

Week 17: December 29 against Tennessee

Week 18: January 4 or 5 in Indianapolis

Strength of schedule: .512 (tied for eighth)
More less : 8.5 wins

The biggest takeaway

If the Jaguars can at least split their first four games, they will have some breathing room until they return from London. That’s when they’ll face four other 2023 playoff teams over a five-game span (Green Bay, Philadelphia, Detroit and Houston), a stretch that will likely determine their season. The only non-playoff team in this stretch is Minnesota, which could be rookie quarterback JJ McCarthy at this point. The Jaguars’ Week 12 bye, which falls between the Lions and Texans games, is the last in franchise history (Weeks 11 in 2014 and 2022 were the last before that).

Revenge game

Doug Pederson didn’t have a good experience the first time he brought the Jaguars back to Philadelphia to face his old team. The Eagles took advantage of five Jaguars turnovers (all by quarterback Trevor Lawrence) and won 29-21 in constant rain in 2022. His second chance to beat the team he led to the Super Bowl title LI takes place in Week 9 of Sunday Night Football. . Pederson was 27-15-1 (including 2-1 in the playoffs) at Lincoln Financial Field during his five seasons as head coach of the Eagles (2016-20).

Bold prediction

The Jaguars will reverse their ranking starting in 2023. After an 8-3 start, the Jaguars went 1-5 down the stretch and missed the playoffs. This time they would win five of their final six games, including a sweep of Tennessee, and finish with a winning record for the third consecutive season. It’s something the franchise hasn’t done since posting four straight winning seasons from 1996-99.