Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 Schedule: Game by Game Predictions

Sep 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) celebrates a touchdown in the end zone during the second quarter of a football game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) celebrates a touchdown in the end zone during the second quarter of a football game against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2017 NFL Schedule was released on Thursday at 8 p.m. and there are many pros and cons to it.

The Jacksonville Jaguars play in Jacksonville just once in the first five games and do not play a primetime game all year. Just glancing at the schedule, there looks like a bunch of winnable games for the Jaguars this year. Lets go game by game and see.

Week 1: September 10, @Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Bill O’brien, head coach for the Houston Texans, is 6-0 against the Jaguars since taking the Texans head coaching job 3 years ago. Last year, the Jaguars lost 24-21 at home, and then 21-20 in Houston. The Texans are getting J.J. Watt back and are expected to have a top defense this year, but still don’t have a quarterback. This will be a low scoring game and whoever defense plays better, will win. I think the Jaguars go in to Houston and steal a victory.

Prediction: Jaguars win 20-17 (1-0)

Week 2: September 17, Tennessee Titans , 1 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans are going to be a very competitive team and are the favorites to win the AFC South. An already talented, young team, they hold the number 5 and 18 picks in the 2017 NFL draft. Marcus Mariota is going to be too much for this Jaguars team week two.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 16-27 (1-1)

Week 3: September 24, Baltimore Ravens (in London), 9:30 a.m.

The last three years, the Jaguars have gone back and forth with the Baltimore Ravens. Ravens won in 2014, the Jaguars won in 2015, and the Jaguars blew it last year at home against the Ravens. This year is the Jaguars turn for the Ravens. They have an advantage since this is their 5th year in London, while the Ravens have never played there yet.

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-23 (2-1)

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Week 4: October 1st @ New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Like the Texans, the Jets don’t have a quarterback and rally don’t much more talent either. Other then a strong defensive line lead by Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, and Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Eric Decker, nothing really worries me about the Jets. The Jaguars should be able to win this one on the road.

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-16 (3-1)

Week 5: October 8th @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

This is definitely one of the toughest games of the year. Not much to say about this game. Big Ben and the Steelers at Heinz Field will be a great test, but I don’t see a miracle occurring on October 8th.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 34-20 (3-2)

Week 6: October 15th, Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.

A home game against a L.A. Rams team that is on and off. This game depends on how far Jared Goff has come this offseason. If he improves tremendously, this game will be a Rams win, but if he only improves a little, I’m taking the Jaguars. I’ll take the latter and think the Jaguars can beat an average Rams team at home.

Prediction: Jaguars win 23-14 (4-2)

Week 7: October 22nd, @Indianapolis Colts , 1 p.m.

These games are always year in and year out. Aside from Andrew Luck, the colts are a pretty poor team, yet Luck finds ways to win. The colts pull out a big divisional game with a win at home.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 24-21 (4-3)

Week 8: Bye week

The Jaguars sit at 4-3, a better record then they have had in the past 7 years. The first half of the season was not bad. The next half is a mix of very good teams and really bad teams.

Week 9: November 5th, Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

You never know what you are gonna get from the Cincinnati Bengals, but it’s definitely going to be a good game. This game will come down to the wire and Andy Dalton will just outperform Blake Bortles.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 27-17 (4-4)

Week 10: November 12th, San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m.

Philip Rivers. Philip Rivers. Philip Rivers. Oh and did I mention Philip Rivers. This man has torched the Jaguars his entire career and even at 35 years old, he will continue to in 2017.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 31-16 (4-5)

Week 11: November 19th, @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns are in a rebuilding stage and will eventually become a very very good football team if they draft well. But this team just does not have enough talent yet and are too young and inexperienced. If the Jaguars don’t get cocky and take them lightly, they should get a win in Cleveland.

Prediction: Jaguars win 23-16 (5-5)

Week 12: November 26th, @ Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

This will be the first time the Jaguars play in Arizona, a very tough one for the Jaguars. This will also be Calais Campbell‘s return home. The late in the season, it will be a close on but will be hard for the Jaguars to take one on the road against a good Arizona football team.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 20-13 (5-6)

Week 13: December 3rd, Indianapolis Colts , 1 p.m.

After losing the first one on the road, the Jaguars will look to avoid being swept by the colts. With the Jaguars sitting at 5-6 and the playoffs on the line, the home crowd helps the Jaguars win a tough one.

Prediction: Jaguars win (6-6)

Week 14: December 10, Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m.

This is another tough challenge for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Russell Wilson, along with a great defense will make things tough on the Jaguars. Although on the road, the Seahawks should do just enough to win this game.

Prediction: Jaguars lose 24-16 (6-7)

Week 15: December 17, Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Th second time these teams play each other will be in December and the Texans still don’t have a quarterback! Although their defense i=will be tough on Blake Bortles and the offense, the Jaguars will do just enough to beat the Texans again.

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-20 (7-7)

Week 16: December 24, @ San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

The 49ers are in the same boat as the Browns; no quarterback and some young talent. The Jaguars should go in to San Francisco with the playoffs on their mind and get a statement win against the 49ers.

Prediction: Jaguars win 27-10 (8-7)

Week 17: December 31, @ Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

With the playoffs on the line, the Jaguars travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. This is a tough game to predict. The Jaguars lose the first game at home, 27-16, and try to avoid getting swept by the Titans for the second year in a row. The Jaguars do the improbable; going in to Tennessee and beating the Titans, winning the AFC South.

Prediction: Jaguars win 24-23 (9-7)

The Jaguars are a much improved team this year and don’t have a really tough schedule. Although many may not agree, going 9-7 is very realistic, and that may be all they need to capture a division title.