Four Quarters: Predicting the Jaguars 2019 schedule
By Jesse Overby
They How will the Jacksonville Jaguars schedule play out? Does this roster have another playoff run in it? We look at the 2019 schedule in quarters, predicting the team’s record. Here is a look at the second four games of the season.
As the Jaguars head into the second quarter of the 2019 season, they find themselves on the road for the second straight week, in Carolina. Then they are at home against the New Orleans Saints, who were in the NFC Championship game last year (and should have been in the Super Bowl), on the road again in Cincinnati before finishing the second quarter of the season at home against the Jets.
That’s four games outside the division, two games each against the NFC and AFC. How will they do? Remember, I predicted the team would come out of the first quarter of 2019 with a 2-2 record. Here’s how I see it.
Week 5 at Carolina: The Jaguars are on the road at the Panthers to start the second quarter. Cam Newton is back at quarterback for Carolina after a down year where he spent a good period of last season playing with a shoulder injury before being shut down.
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He had off-season surgery and is back leading the team. He’s a dynamic player who also has the ability to make plays with his feet, although he has been running less over the years. He also has a couple of top weapons on offense in running back Christian McCaffrey, who is also a threat in the passing game, and tight end Greg Olsen.
Both of these players are among the top in the NFL at their positions, however, they’re coming off back-to-back road games and the Jaguars are the better team. Jacksonville gets the win. Jaguars record: 3-2.
Week 6 vs. New Orleans: Drew Brees can pick a defense apart, and has running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas to help him out.
The Jacksonville defense is one of the best in the league, but will the offense be able to put anything together against the Saints? Nick Foles and the Jaguars offense will be the deciding factor in this game. In the end, I think the Saints make enough plays to get the win. Jaguars record: 3-3.
Week 7 at Cincinnati: The Bengals have a new head coach and are looking to Andy Dalton to perform consistently at a high level. With one of the best pass catchers in the NFL in A.J. Green and a solid tight end in Tyler Eifert as two of the few threats on offense, the Bengals are going to have an uphill battle most of the year.
The Jaguars are clearly the better team and should impose their will on the road. Jacksonville wins. Jaguars record: 4-3.
Week 8 vs. New York Jets: The black and teal finish the second quarter of the season at home against the New York Jets, who send out second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, newly acquired running back Le’Veon Bell, but not much else.
New head coach Adam Gase comes in from Miami with an inexperienced team, a sophomore signal caller, and a runner who held out a year and got far less money than he would have earned had he played last year. The Jets are significantly overmatched in the game. Jacksonville wins. Jaguars record: 5-3.
Finishing the second quarter 3-1 will give the team some momentum going into the second half of the season.