The preseason opponents for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the upcoming season are now known.
Some NFL news that breaks from the rush of draft season has been announced on Wednesday. The preseason schedule for 2018 for all 32 teams has been released.
It’s not news that will get fans overly excited, but it is always interesting to find out who will be on the docket for the tune up games. The preseason gives us a first look at teams in full game action, but more importantly, is an audition for players on the bubble, as rosters get trimmed down from 90 to 53 players.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars, there’s a common theme for the opponents on the schedule this year. All four opponents are from the NFC, and three of the four are NFC South division teams:
The Jaguars get the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons at home, in weeks one and three respectively, and travel to the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week two and four, respectively. Not that it takes on much importance for games that don’t tally on the record, but three of those teams were in the playoffs in 2017. Also, the Falcons and Bucs are familiar preseason opponents for Jacksonville, and were both on the schedule last season.
A bonus for Jaguars fans, the most regular season-like game is always in week three, and that is a home game for Jacksonville in 2018. It’s the game that teams treat as a dress rehearsal for the start of the season, and the game that usually sees the majority of starters play into the third quarter.
The exact days and times for the games have yet to be finalized, and will be announced at a later date.