Jacksonville Jaguars schedule: Predicting the team’s first loss in 2021

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When looking at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ schedule in 2021, there are many things to loathe such as the Jags getting only one primetime game in 2021.

The Jaguars do have a manageable schedule overall, with their share of winnable games, and while they will face off against many accomplished quarterbacks, Jacksonville is a more talented and well-rounded squad than they were last year. They should be able to eke out a few more wins, but when will they lose their first game of the 2021 season?

This Jacksonville team will travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in the season opener. Both AFC South teams will have new head coaches but the Texans may be without quarterback Deshaun Watson. This could give the Jags a significant advantage.

Even if Houston had their star signal-caller, their roster is lacking difference-makers. Last season, their offense ranked 18th but they didn’t make many upgrades this offseason. Outside of wide receiver Brandin Cooks, they don’t have many good skill-position players. They let Will Fuller V, who was their second-best receiver in 2020, walk away in free agency, and signed Donte Moncrief to take his place.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Texans moved on from defensive end J.J. Watt and currently lack someone who can constantly pressure opposing signal-callers. Their back seven was also in need of playmakers but they failed to add many upgrades. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence will have a favorable matchup and could have a field day in his NFL debut.

Despite the fact that the Texans swept the Jaguars last year, they will have trouble keeping up with them in the season opener. You can go ahead and already pencil Jacksonville’s first win of the season.