The Jacksonville Jaguars regular season will begin in less than two weeks. The teams first three games will test the Jags and could determine the fate of the regular season.
This year the Jags schedule is full of difficult opponents. Making the most of this early three game stretch to start the season will help indicate several things. First the two games against division opponents will show if the Jags are ready to compete in the division. Second, the Baltimore Ravens will test the talent and focus of teams the team heads to London.
Week one. Houston Texans 9/10
Weak one game will test the Jags in several ways. The Jaguars offensive line will have their hand full with the Texans defensive line. Also on the defensive side of the ball. Keep an eye on the match up of Jalen Ramsey vs. DeAndre Hopkins. The winner of this match up could determine overall how the game plays out. This season the Jags need to get off to a fast start, beating the Texans week one would send a message that the team is finally ready to compete in the division.
Week two. Tennessee Titans 9/17
Again another division game the Tennessee Titans will test the Jags on several fronts. The run first smash mouth style football that the Titans play with will keep the defensive line honest. Quarterback Marcus Marriota will also keep the defense on their toes. One interesting thing to note is free agent Jonathan Cyrien now plays for the Titans. Will the Jags be able to take advantage of this match up and create mismatches with the tight ends? No doubt this division game will have implications later in the season.
Week three. Baltimore Ravens 9/2
Finally, this is the Jaguars annual trip to London. Playing against the Baltimore Ravens could be the toughest completion the team has face in Wimberly stadium. The Ravens will look to get revenge after the 2015 Jags victory that came on a kick from Jason Myers on an untimed down. Led by head coach John Harbaugh the Ravens are also full of veteran players and will be a heady opponent. The Jags will need to come focused if the team wants to leave London with a win.
Overall the Jags have a long season a head. While these are just three of the sixteen games they will test the teams offseason additions. Making the most of these games will help test the team and help shed light into how the rest of the season will turn out.