Four Quarters: Predicting the Jaguars 2019 schedule
By Jesse Overby
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 third four games of the season.
The Jaguars start the third quarter of the 2019 season with a home game for the second straight week, hosting the Houston Texans in London before their bye week. They then have back-to-road games against the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans before finishing the third quarter at home where they will welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With three straight games against the three other teams in the division, this quarter could make or break the team’s season. How will they do? Here’s how I see it. Jacksonville got to the half-way part of the season with a 5-3 record.
Week 10 vs. Houston: Hosting the Texans to start the third quarter gives the Jaguars a chance to make up ground in the division. The fan base isn’t happy about losing a home game against a division foe, but it turns out to be a lucky break for the team.
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With their familiarity playing in London and coming off back-to-back wins in the second quarter, the “home” ball club will use their momentum to their advantage. This will be the first trip to London the Texans will make for a game, and that may prove to be a distraction.
Based on these intangibles, I believe Jacksonville gets the win. Jaguars record: 6-3.
Week 11 at Indianapolis: Andrew Luck led the Colts to the division title last year and he looks to be fully recovered and one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Indianapolis will be in the hunt for a playoff spot and the division lead again, and they don’t need any motivation to get up to play Jacksonville.
This offense and defense will have a tough task ahead of them if they want to push their winning streak to four. I believe they’ll fall just short and the Colts will get the win. Jaguars record: 6-4.
Week 12 at Tennessee: Jacksonville finds itself on the road in the division for the second consecutive week, and it’s against their most bitter rival – the Titans. This has all the makings of another smash mouth game with Tennessee. The Titans have been a better team of late.
Until this franchise can prove it can beat the Titans it will be hard for me to pick them. It’s the Titans…it’s in Nashville…Tennessee wins. Jaguars record: 6-5.
Week 13 vs. Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers have another one of the leagues more dynamic quarterbacks in Jameis Winston. However, they don’t have any offensive weapons that scare you. Wide receiver Mike Evans is the best of the group, and he’s had a successful career, but he won’t make the difference in this game.
Jacksonville is a better team and their defense will shut down Tampa Bay. Jacksonville wins. Jaguars record: 7-5.
Finishing the third quarter 2-2, and above .500 for the season, the Jaguars will find themselves in the mix for a division title and will be firmly in the playoff hunt heading into the season’s final quarter.