Last week, one of our readers, known by the moniker “Buster White” (if that’s your real name, that is awesome), pondered if perhaps our seemingly “awesome” schedule that gives the small-market Jaguars plenty of big-time national exposure isn’t quite the blessing that most Jaguars fans have initially proclaimed it to be. Let’s explore…
We’ve been quick to applaud the NFL for the scheduling they’ve given the Jaguars in 2010 and 2011 that supposedly give us a real shot at showcasing our team and the strength of the fanbase. Last year, Jacksonville was granted several 4:00 games and a home Monday Nighter against the Titans, which I’m sure everyone painfully remembers, was an epically embarrassing slaughtering. In 2011, the Jaguars have two Monday Nighters at Everbank Field (the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 24 and the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 5) and an away game against the Atlanta Falcons on December 14. From a less optimistic perspective, you might think…
- To start the month of December, a month that has devastated the Jaguars in recent years, the Jaguars have 3 games in 11 days (Dec. 5 – Dec. 15). In that time the Jacksonville will play San Diego at home on MNF, Tampa Bay at home, and then head to Atlanta for a Thursday night game. That’s a lot of football and all three of those teams are likely to be fighting for a playoff spot this year.
- Combine those three games with an away game against (always pesky) Tennessee and finishing the season against Indianapolis and not many teams have a tougher December than the Jags.
- Not that they “owe” us anything, but the NFL did not schedule any games at Everbank against historically “mobile” fanbases. The onus of ticket buying and filling the stadium, for both revenues and appearances, will be solely on the Jaguars’ faithful.
So what do you think? Am I paranoid?